Definitions for Initiativeɪˈnɪʃ i ə tɪv, ɪˈnɪʃ ə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•i•ti•a•tiveɪˈnɪʃ i ə tɪv, ɪˈnɪʃ ə-(n.)

  1. an introductory act or step; leading action:

    to take the initiative in making friends.

  2. readiness and ability in initiating action; enterprise:

    to lack initiative.

  3. one's personal, responsible decision:

    to act on one's own initiative.

  4. a procedure by which a specified number of voters may propose a statute, constitutional amendment, or ordinance, and compel a popular vote on its adoption. the general right or ability to present a new bill or measure, as in a legislature.

    Category: Government

  5. (adj.)of or pertaining to initiation; introductory.

Origin of initiative:

1785–95

in•i′ti•a•tive•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. enterprise, enterprisingness, initiative, go-ahead(noun)

    readiness to embark on bold new ventures

  2. first step, initiative, opening move, opening(adj)

    the first of a series of actions

  3. inaugural, initiative, initiatory, first, maiden(adj)

    serving to set in motion

    "the magazine's inaugural issue"; "the initiative phase in the negotiations"; "an initiatory step toward a treaty"; "his first (or maiden) speech in Congress"; "the liner's maiden voyage"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. initiative(noun)ɪˈnɪʃ i ə tɪv, ɪˈnɪʃ ə-

    a willingness to try sth, solve problems, etc. without being told to

    Use your initiative and figure it out.; I thought she showed initiative by asking to lead the team.

  2. initiativeɪˈnɪʃ i ə tɪv, ɪˈnɪʃ ə-

    an attempt to solve a serious problem

    government initiatives to fight poverty

  3. initiativeɪˈnɪʃ i ə tɪv, ɪˈnɪʃ ə-

    to do sth before others do

    I decided to take the initiative and introduce myself to her.

Wiktionary

  1. initiative(Noun)

    A beginning; a first move.

  2. initiative(Noun)

    A new development; a fresh approach to something; a new way of dealing with a problem.

  3. initiative(Noun)

    The ability to act first or on one's own.

  4. initiative(Noun)

    An issue to be voted on, brought to the ballot by a sufficient number of signatures from among the voting public.

  5. initiative(Adjective)

    In which voter initiatives can be brought to the ballot.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Initiative(adj)

    serving to initiate; inceptive; initiatory; introductory; preliminary

  2. Initiative(noun)

    an introductory step or movement; an act which originates or begins

  3. Initiative(noun)

    the right or power to introduce a new measure or course of action, as in legislation; as, the initiative in respect to revenue bills is in the House of Representatives

Freebase

  1. Initiative

    In political science, an initiative is a means by which a petition signed by a certain minimum number of registered voters can force a public vote. The initiative may take the form of a direct initiative or an indirect initiative. In a direct initiative, a measure is put directly to a vote after being submitted by a petition. In an indirect initiative, a measure is first referred to the legislature, and then put to a popular vote only if not enacted by the legislature. The vote may be on a proposed statute, constitutional amendment, charter amendment or local ordinance, or to simply oblige the executive or legislature to consider the subject by submitting it to the order of the day. It is a form of direct democracy.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. initiative

    Doing the right thing without being told.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Initiative' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2809

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Initiative' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3224

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Initiative' in Nouns Frequency: #843


Translations for Initiative

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

initiative(noun)

a first step or move that leads the way

He took the initiative in organizing a search party to look for the girl; A move to start peace talks is sometimes called a peace initiative.

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