- 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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM initiativein·i·ti·a·tive·ly, adverbself-in·i·ti·a·tive, nounsu·per·in·i·ti·a·tive, nounun·in·i·ti·a·tive, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for initiative
All liberty, all self-government, all self-initiative have been crushed in the iron vise of dictated policy.The Red Conspiracy|Joseph J. Mereto
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
Is this condition of depravity and inability of self-initiative due to “race traits and tendencies?”
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
Derived forms of initiativeinitiatively, adverb
Idioms and Phrases with initiative
see on one's own account (initiative); take the initiative.