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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.
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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
of or concerning initiation or serving to initiate; initiatory
inˈitiatively adv
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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.
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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"
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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.
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initiative

noun
An aggressive readiness along with energy to undertake taxing efforts:
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Translations
مُبَادَرَةٌمُبادَرَه
iniciativa
initiativ
aloite
inicijativa
kezdeményezés
frumkvæîi
イニシアチブ
개시
iniciatíva
initiativ
การริเริ่ม
girişiminsiyatif
sáng kiến

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
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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.
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

initiative

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

[ɪˈnɪʃətɪv] niniziativa
on one's own initiative → di propria iniziativa, da sé
to take the initiative → prendere l'iniziativa
she's got initiative → è una che ha spirito d'iniziativa
an important initiative → un'importante iniziativa
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

initial

(iˈniʃəl) adjective
of, or at, the beginning. There were difficulties during the initial stages of building the house.
noun
the letter that begins a word, especially a name. The picture was signed with the initials JJB, standing for John James Brown.
verbpast tense, past participle iˈnitialled
to mark or sign with initials of one's name. Any alteration on a cheque should be initialled.
iˈnitially adverb
at the beginning; at first. This project will cost a lot of money initially but will eventually make a profit.
iˈnitiate (-ʃieit) verb
1. to start (eg a plan, scheme, changes, reforms etc). He initiated a scheme for helping old people with their shopping.
2. to take (a person) into a society etc, especially with secret ceremonies. No-one who had been initiated into the society ever revealed the details of the ceremony.
iˈnitiate (-ʃiət) noun
a person who has been initiated (into a society etc).
iˌnitiˈation (-ʃiˈei-) noun
the act of initiating or process of being initiated.
iˈnitiative (-ʃətiv) noun
1. a first step or move that leads the way. He took the initiative in organizing a search party to look for the girl; A move to start peace talks is sometimes called a peace initiative.
2. the ability to lead or make decisions for oneself. He is quite good at his job, but lacks initiative; My son actually went to the hairdresser's on his own initiative!
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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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"The treaties clearly confer the right to take legislative initiatives to the Commission and normally the Commission is vigilant in defending the right of initiative given to it by the treaties," Schulz wrote to Barroso.
Although a constitutional monarch, the queen is officially a member of the Dutch cabinet and until last year she had the right of initiative in proposing who should try to form a government in the complex Dutch coalition system, the report said.
The European Council, like the European Parliament, and in future one million citizens, can ask the Commission to make a legislative proposal, while the latter preserves the sole right of initiative. Where the legislative decision-making process is triggered in this way, should it follow exceptional procedures?
"This gives the right of initiative back to councils and businesses to say how they wish to best organise themselves to pursue economic growth."
Daul makes no secret of the fact that Parliament would like the process to end there because, at the same time, he is in the middle of negotiations with the Commission for the renewal of the framework agreement on relations between the two institutions and is trying to reinforce some of his powers, such as his right of initiative. Moreover, the group heads decided that the plenary session of 9 February will begin with a debate on the framework agreement, followed by a vote.
At issue in tomorrow's constitutional convention is not whether same-sex marriage should be legal but whether the people's longstanding right of initiative petition will be honored by the Legislature.
The Commission's right of initiative is rather an obligation of initiative.