initiative1 of 2
: an introductory step
took the initiative in attempting to settle the issue
: the right to initiate legislative action
: 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 sense 1
Noun … 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 Following initiatives begun before the First World War, thirty-four states instituted or expanded workers' compensation laws in the 1920s. —Mary Beth Norton et al., A People and a Nation, 1988 Since the social victim has been oppressed by society, he comes to feel that his individual life will be improved more by changes in society than by his own initiative. —Shelby Steele, Harper's, June 1988 If you want to meet her, you're going to have to take the initiative and introduce yourself. The company has the opportunity to seize the initiative by getting its new products to the market before its competitors. The governor has proposed a new initiative to improve conditions in urban schools. Adjective 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 Many writers maintain that there is a rule of International Law forbidding the commencement of war without a declaration of war. But such rule, in fact, does not exist, for a great many wars take place without an initiative declaration of war. —Lassa Oppenheim, International Law, 1906 See More
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NounLee has been a supporter of the California initiative and spoke at the task force's most recent meeting earlier this month. —Jack Birle, Washington Examiner, 17 May 2023 Mutter said the new community center will provide education and workforce training, help the town’s EMS and paramedics teams, and connect community partners with daily initiatives. —Carlos R. Muñoz, BostonGlobe.com, 16 May 2023 Proposition 203, also known as Arizona's English-only immersion law, was bankrolled by Ron Unz, a Silicon Valley software engineer, who also bankrolled similar English-only immersion ballot initiatives that passed in California and Massachusetts. —Daniel Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 15 May 2023 Bogdan-Martin organized the Equals Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age and initiated a collaboration with UNICEF on the Giga initiative to connect schools to the Internet. —IEEE Spectrum, 15 May 2023 Josh Rudolph, head of malign finance at the Alliance for Securing Democracy, an initiative to deter efforts to undermine democracy, asserted that Twitter's move to restrict some users of its platform in Turkey was politically motivated. —Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 15 May 2023 Noormohamed said artists coming together in this initiative have the opportunity to connect with their communities and create what essentially becomes a gathering space so people can organically learn together, demand together, grieve together and act together. —Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune, 15 May 2023 However, the focus shifted during the Obama and Trump administrations, giving space to special interests to push dangerous new projects anchored on autocrats like Prime Minister Rama and Serbian President Aleksander Vucic, such as the Open Balkans initiative. —Chris Massaro, Fox News, 13 May 2023 Newsom also maintained ongoing major initiatives; notably, the gradual expansion of public education to all 4-year-olds. —Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2023
AdjectiveThe initiative also spurred groups on both sides of the debate, including the anti-initiative National Restaurant Association, to open their pockets. —Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2022 Cuomo correctly assessed that as the nation reckoned with active anti-initiative from the federal government, competence itself could become its own kind of sell. —Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 5 Mar. 2021 Paizo undertook relatively significant changes to the skill system, how initiative order is determined, and the iconic critical success and critical failure criteria. —Sam Ferguson, Ars Technica, 30 July 2019 The girl of now initiative highlights women’s success stories in various fields. —Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, 23 May 2018 See More
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