adjective ini·tia·tive \i-ˈni-shə-tiv also -shē-ə-tiv\

Definition of INITIATIVE

:  of or relating to initiation :  introductory, preliminary

Examples of INITIATIVE

  1. Luther's daring initiative thoughts did indeed come from above, but he owed them to no man or age. —Junius B. Remensnyder, What the World Owes Luther, 1917


(see 1initiate)
First Known Use: 1795


noun ini·tia·tive \i-ˈni-shə-tiv also -shē-ə-tiv\

the initiative : the power or opportunity to do something before others do

: the energy and desire that is needed to do something

: a plan or program that is intended to solve a problem

Full Definition of INITIATIVE

:  an introductory step <took the initiative in attempting to settle the issue>
:  energy or aptitude displayed in initiation of action :  enterprise <showed great initiative>
a :  the right to initiate legislative action
b :  a procedure enabling a specified number of voters by petition to propose a law and secure its submission to the electorate or to the legislature for approval — compare referendum 1
on one's own initiative
:  at one's own discretion :  independently of outside influence or control

Examples of INITIATIVE

  1. If you want to meet her, you're going to have to take the initiative and introduce yourself.
  2. The company has the opportunity to seize the initiative by getting its new products to the market before its competitors.
  3. The governor has proposed a new initiative to improve conditions in urban schools.
  4. … on the day before their Club Med flight she took the initiative of telephoning Franco from work, ostensibly to tell him that she had really admired his new place … —John Barth, Atlantic, March 1995


(see 1initiate)
First Known Use: 1793


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