Definition of initative
1. initiative [ n ] readiness to embark on bold new venturesUsed in print:
(W. E. B. DuBois, Worlds of Color....)
It was arranged that he would board in the home of one of the old members of the church , a woman named Catt who , as Wilson afterward found , was briefly referred to as The_Cat because of her sharp_tongue and fierce initiative .Synonyms initiative enterprisingness go-ahead enterprise Related Terms drive go_ahead
2. initiative [ n ] the first of a series of actions
Examples: "he memorized all the important chess openings"
(John R. Sargent, "Where To Aim Your Planning for Bigger...)
No manufacturer has taken the initiative in pointing_out the costs involved .
(Philip Reaves, "Who Rules the Marriage Bed?"...)
Naturally no woman can ever completely monopolize the sexual initiative .
(The Department of State: A Fresh Look at the...)
The responsibility for taking the initiative in generating ideas is that of every officer in the Department who has a policy function , regardless of rank .
(Committee for Economic Development, Distressed...)
The initiative , administration and control remain primarily with the local school districts .Synonyms first_step initiative opening opening_move Related Terms beginning curtain_raiser first_base peace_initiative open
3. initiative [ a ] serving to set in motion
Examples: "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"
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