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Definitions of initiative

  1. readiness to embark on bold new ventures Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the first of a series of actions; "he memorized all the important chess openings" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. An introductory step or movement; an act which originates or begins. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The right or procedure by which legislation may be introduced or enacted directly by the people, as in the Swiss Confederation and in many of the States of the United States; -- chiefly used with the. The procedure of the initiative is essentially as follows: Upon the filing of a petition signed by a required number or percentage of qualified voters the desired measure must be submitted to a popular vote, and upon receiving the required majority (commonly a majority of those voting on the measure submitted) it becomes a law. In some States of the United States the initiative is only local; in others it is state-wide and includes the making of constitutional amendments. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. An introductory or first step; power of commencing, especially applied to the introduction of laws; the starting-power energy required to begin or dare new undertakings. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. An introductory step. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. A first move. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. The power of initiating; power to originate; originality. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. A political system by which the people may demand by vote the passage of any desired legislation; usually accompanied by the referendum. See REFERENDUM. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. The introductory step; power of commencing. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. Serving to initiate; inceptive; initiatory; introductory; preliminary. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Pertaining to initiation; serving to initiate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Serving to introduce. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for initiative

  1. In such cases the woman may take the initiative – Primitive Love and Love-Stories by Henry Theophilus Finck
  2. Katherine felt that her father's absence should alter the tone of the conversation, but she waited for McNally to take the initiative – The Short Line War by Merwin-Webster
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