[pahr-tuh-sip-ee-uh l]Grammar


of or relating to a participle.
similar to or formed from a participle.


Nearby words

  1. participating preferred,
  2. participation,
  3. participative,
  4. participatory,
  5. participatory democracy,
  6. participialize,
  7. participle,
  8. particle,
  9. particle accelerator,
  10. particle beam

Origin of participial

1560–70; < Latin participiālis, equivalent to participi(um) participle + -ālis -al1

Related formspar·ti·cip·i·al·i·ty, nounpar·ti·cip·i·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for participial



1590s, from Middle French participial and directly from Latin participialis, from participium (see participle). As a noun from 1560s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper