initiative [ih- nish-ee- uh-tiv, ih- nish- uh-] SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN noun 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. . Government 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. adjective of or relating to formal admission or acceptance into a club or other group; signifying an initiation: The secret society's initiative events are best left undescribed. serving to set in motion or initiate; introductory; beginning: Initiative steps were taken to stop manufacture of the drug. Origin of initiative
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-ive Related forms in·i·ti·a·tive·ly, adverb self-in·i·ti·a·tive, noun su·per·in·i·ti·a·tive, noun un·in·i·ti·a·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for initiatively noun the first step or action of a matter; commencing move he took the initiative; a peace initiative the right or power to begin or initiate something he has the initiative the ability or attitude required to begin or initiate something government 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 adjective of or concerning initiation or serving to initiate; initiatory Derived Forms initiatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for initiatively n.
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.
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Idioms and Phrases with initiatively
see on one's own account (initiative); take the initiative.
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