Examples of initiative in a Sentence
- 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
Definition of initiative
- took the initiative in attempting to settle the issue
Examples of initiative in a Sentence
- … 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.
Recent Examples of initiative from the Web
Saudi Arabia has recently softened some of its more oppressive laws as part of its Vision 2030 program, a broad initiative that seeks to modernize the country’s economy.
On Wednesday, Moms Demand Action and Everytown are announcing a new initiative, a plan to send one million calls—until the next congress vote in 2018—to reject the N.R.A.’s agenda.
More than 80 percent of financing for the project came from China, as part of its Belt and Road Initiative, a massive infrastructure initiative that aims to connect the world’s second-largest economy to its Asian neighbors.
It's called Operation Cross Country – part of a national initiative called Innocence Lost.
LifeWallet is working on strategic initiatives with Florida International University, connecting with Watson Health of IBM and doing work using artificial intelligence and predictive analytics.
Despite majorities in Congress and control of The White House—albeit by a man whose sense of the bully pulpit doesn't extend very far beyond Twitter—the party has come up empty-handed on marquee initiatives.
In a separate initiative, a grassroots group of scientists will start, as soon as next month, EarthArXiv.
Sills said the office is working on several other initiatives as well, including teachers making home visits to their students' families to have in depth conversations about education.
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Synonymsaction, aggressiveness, ambition, drive, go, hustle, enterprise
Related Wordsgrit, gumption, pluck, snap, spirit, spunk, starch; ambitiousness, killer instinct, overambitiousness; assertiveness, self-reliance; energy, hardihood, pep, vigor, vitality
Near Antonymsinactivity, inertia, passivity; diffidence, faintheartedness, timidity; hesitation, reluctance; indolence, laziness, lethargy
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legal Definition of initiative
- the deposing party would ordinarily be required to take the initiative in arranging a deposition
- —Andrews v. Bradshaw, 895 P.2d 973 (1995)
- the court may reduce a sentence on its own initiative
- —Ghrist v. People, 897 P.2d 809 (1995)
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