- 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 self-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 self-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 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.
Idioms and Phrases with self-initiative
see on one's own account (initiative); take the initiative.