- 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.
Examples from the Web for initiative
After almost five months without a solution, the lack of initiative is starting to embarrass the Lebanese government.
A major part of the Obama initiative aims to get more and better Internet access for the Cuban people.Obama Realizes What 10 Presidents Didn’t: Isolating Cuba Doesn’t Work|Christopher Dickey|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In an Oct. 31 poll from Washington, 12 percent of women claimed they were undecided about Initiative 502.
That initiative was beaten back, but things have changed since then.
The Daily Beast: What triggered you to take up this initiative?James Patterson Goes Full ‘Fahrenheit 451’ With Burning Book Video|William O’Connor|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The boys waited for Mr. Temple to take the initiative, and he was sizing up the situation.The Radio Boys on Secret Service Duty|Gerald Breckenridge
The Imperial Chancellor, on his own initiative, had summarily announced my abdication—which had not occurred yet at all!The Kaiser's Memoirs|William II, German Emperor
This time his bilious green eye took the initiative, and set his bilious brown eye the example of recovered serenity.No Name|Wilkie Collins
He knew that views not unlike Hugo's were latent in many minds lacking Hugo's initiative that would respond to the right impulse.The Last Shot|Frederick Palmer
Some states have the referendum and initiative power of helping to make laws.Citizenship|Emma Guy Cromwell
British Dictionary definitions for initiative
- 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
Word Origin and History for 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.
Idioms and Phrases with initiative
see on one's own account (initiative); take the initiative.