- The definition of initiative is the nature to take the first step in something.
An example of initiative is someone who is always first to start a new project.
- Initiative is defined as the act of taking the first step.
An example of initiative is going to the city council with a new idea.
initiative definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Midieval Latin initiativus
- the action of taking the first step or move; responsibility for beginning or originating
- the characteristic of originating new ideas or methods; ability to think and act without being urged; enterprise
- the right of a legislature to introduce new legislation on some specified matter
- the right of a group of citizens to introduce a matter for legislation either to the legislature or directly to the voters
- the procedure by which such matters are introduced, usually by a petition signed by a specified percentage of the voters
initiative definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The power or ability to begin or to follow through energetically with a plan or task; enterprise and determination.
- A beginning or introductory step; an opening move: took the initiative in trying to solve the problem.
- a. The power or right to introduce a new legislative measure.b. The right and procedure by which citizens can propose a law by petition and ensure its submission to the electorate.
- Of or relating to initiation.
- Used to initiate; initiatory.
- in·iˈtia·tive·ly adverb
initiative - Legal Definition
initiative - Phrases/Idioms
on (one's) own initiative