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[ih-nish-ee-uh-tiv, ih-nish-uh-] /ɪˈnɪʃ i ə tɪv, ɪˈnɪʃ ə-/
an introductory act or step; leading action:
to take the initiative in making friends.
readiness and ability in initiating action; enterprise:
to lack initiative.
one's personal, responsible decision:
to act on one's own initiative.
  1. 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).
  2. the general right or ability to present a new bill or measure, as in a legislature.
of or relating to formal admission or acceptance into a club or other group; signifying an initiation:
The secret society's initiative events are best left undescribed.
serving to set in motion or initiate; introductory; beginning:
Initiative steps were taken to stop manufacture of the drug.
1785-95; initiate + -ive
Related forms
initiatively, adverb
self-initiative, noun
superinitiative, noun
uninitiative, adjective
2. leadership, forcefulness, dynamism. Unabridged
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  • The fate of health-care reform is a test-case in how initiatives fail.
  • It also helps them resist the more destructive initiatives of the oil industry.
  • Myriad special interests combined with state budget woes mire two environmentally friendly ballot initiatives.
British Dictionary definitions for initiatives


/ɪˈnɪʃɪətɪv; -ˈnɪʃətɪv/
the first step or action of a matter; commencing move: he took the initiative, a peace initiative
the right or power to begin or initiate something: he has the initiative
the ability or attitude required to begin or initiate something
  1. the right or power to introduce legislation, etc, in a legislative body
  2. the procedure by which citizens originate legislation, as in many American states and Switzerland
on one's own initiative, without being prompted
of or concerning initiation or serving to initiate; initiatory
Derived Forms
initiatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for initiatives



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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