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voluntary participation

Definition of Voluntary Participation

(noun) A requirement in ethical research that participants choose to participate and are not coerced.

Voluntary Participation Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: vol·un·tar·y par·tic·i·pa·tion

Audio Pronunciation

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– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /vAHl-uhn-tair-ee pahr-tis-uh-pAY-shuhn/
  • British English – /vOl-uhn-tuh-ree pah-tis-i-pAY-shuhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈvɑləntɛri pɑrˌtɪsəˈpeɪʃən/
  • British English – /ˈvɒləntəri pɑːˌtɪsɪˈpeɪʃən/

Usage Note

  • Plural: voluntary participations

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Cite the Definition of Voluntary Participation

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “voluntary participation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved February 17, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/voluntary-participation/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

voluntary participation. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/voluntary-participation/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “voluntary participation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed February 17, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/voluntary-participation/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“voluntary participation.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 17 Feb. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/voluntary-participation/>.