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Meaning of initiative

in•i•ti•a•tive

Pronunciation: (i-nish'ē-u-tiv, i-nish'u-), [key]
— 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.
    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. Cf. referendum (def. 1).
    2. the general right or ability to present a new bill or measure, as in a legislature.
—adj.
  1. of or pertaining to initiation; serving to initiate: Initi-ative steps were taken to stop manufacture of the drug.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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