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. An introductory step or movement; an act which originates or begins.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. An introductory step.
  8. A first move.
  9. The power of initiating; power to originate; originality.
  10. A political system by which the people may demand by vote the passage of any desired legislation; usually accompanied by the referendum. See REFERENDUM.
  11. The introductory step; power of commencing.
  12. 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"
  13. Pertaining to initiation; serving to initiate.
  14. Serving to introduce.