- an introductory act or step; leading action: to take the initiative in making friends.
- readiness and ability in initiating action; enterprise: to lack initiative.
- one's personal, responsible decision: to act on one's own initiative.
- a procedure by which a specified number of voters may propose a statute, constitutional amendment, or ordinance, and compel a popular vote on its adoption.Compare referendum(def 1).
- the general right or ability to present a new bill or measure, as in a legislature.
Origin of initiative
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Examples from the Web for self-initiative
It is also called Seed because it is the mystery of the power of growth and development; it is self-initiative.The Gnostic Crucifixion
G. R. S. Mead
All liberty, all self-government, all self-initiative have been crushed in the iron vise of dictated policy.The Red Conspiracy
Joseph J. Mereto
Is this condition of depravity and inability of self-initiative due to “race traits and tendencies?”
- the first step or action of a matter; commencing movehe took the initiative; a peace initiative
- the right or power to begin or initiate somethinghe has the initiative
- the ability or attitude required to begin or initiate something
- the right or power to introduce legislation, etc, in a legislative body
- the procedure by which citizens originate legislation, as in many American states and Switzerland
- on one's own initiative without being prompted
- of or concerning initiation or serving to initiate; initiatory
Word Origin and History for self-initiative
1793, "that which begins," also "power of initiating," from French initiative (1560s), from Latin initiatus (see initiation). First attested in English in writings of William Godwin. Phrase take the initiative recorded by 1844.