ready to undertake projects of importance or difficulty, or untried schemes; energetic in carrying out any undertaking: Business is in need of enterprising young people.
characterized by great imagination or initiative: an enterprising foreign policy.

1565–75; enterprise + -ing2

enterprisingly, adverb
nonenterprising, adjective
unenterprising, adjective
unenterprisingly, adverb

1. venturous, venturesome, resourceful, adventurous. See ambitious.

1. timid, cautious.
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enterprising (ˈɛntəˌpraɪzɪŋ)
ready to embark on new ventures; full of boldness and initiative

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1610s, prp. adj. from enterprise.
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Example sentences
Values will be adjusted, and enterprising people will pick up the wrecks from
  less competent people.
Enterprising graduate students can and should go to these countries and immerse
  themselves in their changing politics.
It wasn't long before this shocking technology was applied in the field by
  enterprising researchers.
One enterprising student was coming by to collect old cell phones from
  recycling donations.
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