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Definitions of initiative

  1. readiness to embark on bold new ventures
  2. the first of a series of actions; " he memorized all the important chess openings"
  3. serving to set in motion; " the magazine's inaugural issue"; " the initiative phase in the negotiations"; " an initiatory step toward a treaty"; " his first ( or maiden) speech in Congress"; " the liner's maiden voyage"
  4. Serving to initiate; inceptive; initiatory; introductory; preliminary.
  5. An introductory step or movement; an act which originates or begins.
  6. The right or power to introduce a new measure or course of action, as in legislation; as, the initiative in respect to revenue bills is in the House of Representatives.
  7. The right or procedure by which legislation may be introduced or enacted directly by the people, as in the Swiss Confederation and in many of the States of the United States; -- chiefly used with the. The procedure of the initiative is essentially as follows: Upon the filing of a petition signed by a required number or percentage of qualified voters the desired measure must be submitted to a popular vote, and upon receiving the required majority ( commonly a majority of those voting on the measure submitted) it becomes a law. In some States of the United States the initiative is only local; in others it is state- wide and includes the making of constitutional amendments.
  8. Introductory.
  9. An introductory or first step; power of commencing, especially applied to the introduction of laws; the starting- power energy required to begin or dare new undertakings.
  10. Serving to initiate: introductory.
  11. An introductory step.
  12. Pertaining to initiation; serving to initiate.
  13. A first move.
  14. The power of initiating; power to originate; originality.
  15. A political system by which the people may demand by vote the passage of any desired legislation; usually accompanied by the referendum. See REFERENDUM.
  16. Serving to introduce.
  17. The introductory step; power of commencing.
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Usage examples for initiative

  1. In such cases the woman may take the initiative. – Primitive Love and Love-Stories by Henry Theophilus Finck
  2. Katherine felt that her father's absence should alter the tone of the conversation, but she waited for McNally to take the initiative. – The Short Line War by Merwin-Webster
  3. The state of Hallam's mind was that of paralysed initiative. – The Stronger Influence by F.E. Mills Young
  4. When the late Kreli, chief of the Gcaleka tribe, was a young man, he was thought to be somewhat dull and lacking in power of initiative, so a great council of the tribe was held to decide as to what should be done to improve the chief's understanding and sharpen his wits generally. – By Veldt and Kopje by William Charles Scully
  5. This is through the Initiative and Referendum. – Problems in American Democracy by Thames Ross Williamson
  6. It is his vantage ground, and whether it serve as the political bait for the Irishman, or as the religious initiative of the Italian, is of less account than that its patrons, young and old, in the end fall into his trap. – The Children of the Poor by Jacob A. Riis
  7. They were opposed by two divisions of German cavalry whose patrols, they said, showed great want of dash and initiative, and were not well supported. – 1914 by John French, Viscount of Ypres
  8. They have no courage left, no initiative. – The Confessions of Arsène Lupin by Maurice Leblanc
  9. If women, they possess much of the initiative and energy, the intellect and chivalry of men. – Feminism and Sex-Extinction by Arabella Kenealy
  10. Lord Dynmore had again to take the initiative. – The New Rector by Stanley J. Weyman
  11. All his initiative was for the moment paralyzed. – The Man Who Knew by Edgar Wallace
  12. The root of the matter was, we suspect, that James had been somewhat lacking in initiative. – The Whirligig of Time by Wayland Wells Williams
  13. Fairfax had been honest enough to confess that he was acting on his own initiative in proposing the bribe, but there must have been something behind it all. – What's-His-Name by George Barr McCutcheon
  14. Dumouriez, on the contrary, wished to take the initiative in action, as they had done in declaring war, so as to profit by the advantage of being first prepared. – History of the French Revolution from 1789 to 1814 by F. A. M. Miguet
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