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in·i·tia·tive

 (ĭ-nĭsh′ə-tĭv)
n.
1. The power or ability to begin or to follow through energetically with a plan or task; enterprise and determination.
2. A beginning or introductory step; an opening move: took the initiative in trying to solve the problem.
3.
a. The power or right to introduce a new legislative measure.
b. The right and procedure by which citizens can propose a law by petition and ensure its submission to the electorate.
adj.
1. Of or relating to initiation.
2. Used to initiate; initiatory.
Idiom:
on (one's) own initiative
Without prompting or direction from others; on one's own.

in·i′tia·tive·ly adv.

initiative

(ɪˈnɪʃɪətɪv; -ˈnɪʃətɪv)
n
1. the first step or action of a matter; commencing move: he took the initiative; a peace initiative.
2. the right or power to begin or initiate something: he has the initiative.
3. the ability or attitude required to begin or initiate something
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) government
a. the right or power to introduce legislation, etc, in a legislative body
b. the procedure by which citizens originate legislation, as in many American states and Switzerland
5. on one's own initiative without being prompted
adj
6. of or concerning initiation or serving to initiate; initiatory
inˈitiatively adv

in•i•ti•a•tive

(ɪˈnɪʃ i ə tɪv, ɪˈnɪʃ ə-)

n.
1. an introductory act or step; leading action: to take the initiative in making friends.
2. readiness and ability in initiating action; enterprise: to lack initiative.
3. one's personal, responsible decision: to act on one's own initiative.
4.
a. 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.
b. the general right or ability to present a new bill or measure, as in a legislature.
adj.
5. of or pertaining to initiation; introductory.
[1785–95]
in•i′ti•a•tive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.initiative - readiness to embark on bold new ventures
drive - the trait of being highly motivated; "his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"
2.initiative - the first of a series of actions
commencement, start, beginning - the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
curtain raiser - any preliminary activity
first base - the initial stage in accomplishing something; "we didn't get to first base with that approach"
peace initiative - opening move in negotiating a peace treaty
Adj.1.initiative - serving to set in motioninitiative - 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"
opening - first or beginning; "the memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth"; "the play's opening scene"

initiative

noun
1. plan, deal, proposal, act, action, measure, scheme, strategy, technique, suggestion, procedure, gambit There's talk of a new peace initiative.
2. advantage, start, lead, upper hand We have the initiative and we intend to keep it.
3. enterprise, drive, push (informal), energy, spirit, resource, leadership, ambition, daring, enthusiasm, pep, vigour, zeal, originality, eagerness, dynamism, boldness, welly (slang), inventiveness, get-up-and-go (informal), resourcefulness, gumption (informal), adventurousness He was disappointed by her lack of initiative.
Translations

initiative

[ɪˈnɪʃətɪv] Niniciativa f
to use one's initiativeobrar por propia iniciativa
on one's own initiativepor iniciativa propia, motu propio
to take the initiativetomar la iniciativa

initiative

[ɪˈnɪʃətɪv] n
(= idea, measure) → initiative f
a peace initiative → une initiative de paix
a diplomatic initiative → une initiative diplomatique
to take the initiative → prendre l'initiative
(= resourcefulness) → initiative f
his lack of initiative → son manque d'initiative
She's got initiative → Elle fait preuve d'initiative., Elle a de l'initiative.
He's got no initiative → Il n'a aucune initiative.
to use one's initiative → faire preuve d'initiative
As a soldier you have to use your initiative → En tant que soldat, vous devez faire preuve d'initiative.
on one's own initiative → de sa propre initiative
to act on one's own initiative → agir de sa propre initiative
to have the initiative to do sth → avoir assez d'initiative pour faire qch
(= upper hand) → initiative f
to have the initiative → avoir l'initiative
We have the initiative and we intend to keep it → Nous avons l'initiative et nous entendons la conserver.

initiative

nInitiative f; to take the initiativedie Initiative ergreifen; on one’s own initiativeaus eigener Initiative; to have initiativeInitiative haben; to have the initiativeuberlegen sein; to lose the initiativeseine Uberlegenheit verlieren; it was an initiative test for medas hat meine Initiative auf die Probe gestellt

initiative

[ɪˈnɪʃətɪv] niniziativa
on one's own initiative → di propria iniziativa, da se
to take the initiative → prendere l'iniziativa
she's got initiative → e una che ha spirito d'iniziativa
an important initiative → un'importante iniziativa

initiative

مُبَادَرَةٌ iniciativa initiativ Initiative πρωτοβουλία iniciativa aloite initiative inicijativa iniziativa イニシアチブ 개시 initiatief initiativ inicjatywa iniciativa инициатива initiativ การริเริ่ม girişim sáng kiến 动议
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Therefore, it follows necessarily that, if Pandolfo was not in the first rank, he was in the second, for whenever one has judgment to know good and bad when it is said and done, although he himself may not have the initiative, yet he can recognize the good and the bad in his servant, and the one he can praise and the other correct; thus the servant cannot hope to deceive him, and is kept honest.
She would flare up at them and make trouble, in her small but quite decided and resolute way; for she has a character of her own, and lacks neither promptness nor initiative.
A lack of initiative is one of your worst faults, I am afraid, dear Gerald.

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