Took the initiative in trying to solve the problem.
An example of initiative is going to the city council with a new idea.
An example of initiative is someone who is always first to start a new project.
- Without prompting or direction from others; on one's own.
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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”).