Initiative definition

ĭ-nĭshə-tĭv
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The action of taking the first step or making the first move; responsibility for beginning or originating.
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A beginning or introductory step; an opening move.

Took the initiative in trying to solve the problem.

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Used to initiate; initiatory.
adjective
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Of or relating to initiation.
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The characteristic of originating new ideas or methods; ability to think and act without being urged; enterprise.
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A new development; a fresh approach to something; a new way of dealing with a problem.
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The power or ability to begin or to follow through energetically with a plan or task; enterprise and determination.
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The ability to act first or on one's own.
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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.

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The power or right to introduce a new legislative measure.
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The right and procedure by which citizens can propose a law by petition and ensure its submission to the electorate.
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The right of a legislature to introduce new legislation on some specified matter.
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The procedure by which such matters are introduced, usually by a petition signed by a specified percentage of the voters.
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A beginning; a first move.
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Of, or having the nature of, initiation; introductory; initial.
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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.

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The right of a group of citizens to introduce a matter for legislation either to the legislature or directly to the voters.
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An electoral process available in some states in which citizens vote on proposed legislation.
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An issue to be voted on, brought to the ballot by a sufficient number of signatures from among the voting public.
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Serving to initiate; inceptive; initiatory; introductory; preliminary.
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In which voter initiatives can be brought to the ballot.
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on (one's) own initiative
  • Without prompting or direction from others; on one's own.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
initiative
Plural:
initiatives

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

on (one's) own initiative

Origin of initiative

  • From French initiative, from Medieval Latin *initiativus (“serving to initiate”), from Late Latin initiare (“to begin, Latin initiate”), from Latin initium (“beginning”), from ineo (“enter, begin”).

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