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.
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Nobody in the four neighborhoods will be told not to plant trees nor will any other tree planting initiatives there be discouraged, Chandler said.
The 12-year initiative is expected to inject more than $4 billion into research for therapies.
Similar initiatives have been launched in Bremen and Lower Saxony.
The college prep school has a global initiative program that sends students to India to volunteer at (and raise money for) PCI’s Orphan and Vulnerable Children program.
The program encourages recycling initiatives by providing communities with funding based on the amount of their recycling.
Klaus Hubacek, an ecological economist at the University of Maryland in College Park, and his colleagues wondered whether these two initiatives might be in conflict.
Through this outreach initiative, HomeAid is also responding to the needs of the thousands of Houstonians who were affected by the flooding from Hurricane Harvey who lost everything.
President Trump is expected to sign the Senate resolution into law, overturning yet another Obama administration initiative.
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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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