self-starting

self-starter

[self-stahr-ter]
noun
1.
starter ( def 3 ).
2.
Informal. a person who begins work or undertakes a project on his or her own initiative, without needing to be told or encouraged to do so.

Origin:
1890–95

self-starting, adjective
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self-starter
 
n
1.  the former name for a starter
2.  a person who is strongly motivated and shows initiative, esp at work

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self-starter
1894, of engines, 1960, of persons (esp. workers), self + starter (see start). Self-starting, of motors, is attested from 1866.
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