enterprise, enterprisingness, initiative, go-ahead(noun)
readiness to embark on bold new ventures
first step, initiative, opening move, opening(adj)
the first of a series of actions
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"
a character trait manifested in a readiness and ability to initiate action; an enterprising spirit; a go-getting attitude; energy; drive; get-up-and-go.
in interactive activities, such as conversation or games, the right or opportunity to set the course of action; as, to have the initiative.
Origin: [Cf. F. initiative.]
A beginning; a first move.
A new development; a fresh approach to something; a new way of dealing with a problem.
The ability to act first or on one's own.
An issue to be voted on, brought to the ballot by a sufficient number of signatures from among the voting public.
In which voter initiatives can be brought to the ballot.
serving to initiate; inceptive; initiatory; introductory; preliminary
an introductory step or movement; an act which originates or begins
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
Origin: [Cf. F. 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
Doing the right thing without being told.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Initiative' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2809
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Initiative' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3224
Rank popularity for the word 'Initiative' in Nouns Frequency: #843
The numerical value of Initiative in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of Initiative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Organization can never be a substitute for initiative and for judgment.
This is not just a U.S.-led initiative, it's an important global initiative.
You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.
Why cross an ocean when you can cross a river Why should we sail to Washington when we can meet right away 10 miles from here (On Middle East peace initiative)
I had never expected that the China initiative would come to fruition in the form of a Ping-Pong team. (On first friendly overture by People's Republic of China)
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Translations for Initiative
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- iniciativaCatalan, Valencian
- oma-aloitteisuus, aloitekyky, aloite, aloitteellisuusFinnish
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