initiative

in|i|tia|tive [ ı`nıʃətıv ] noun ***
1. ) uncount the ability to decide in an independent way what to do and when to do it:
Mr. Hills showed initiative and bravery when dealing with a dangerous situation.
use your initiative: Employees are encouraged to use their initiative if faced with a problem.
on your own initiative (=without other people telling you to do something): He developed the plan on his own initiative.
2. ) count AMERICAN LEGAL a process by which people can suggest a new law by signing a PETITION
3. ) the initiative the opportunity to take action before other people do:
take the initiative: She would have to take the initiative in order to improve their relationship.
lose/gain/seize the initiative: We have lost the initiative and allowed our opponents to dominate the discussion.
4. ) count an important action that is intended to solve a problem:
a number of initiatives designed to address the problem of child poverty

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Initiative — Initiative …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • initiative — [ inisjativ ] n. f. • 1567, rare av. fin XVIIIe; du lat. initiare « initier », en bas lat. « commencer » 1 ♦ Action d une personne qui est la première à proposer, entreprendre, organiser qqch. Prendre l initiative d une démarche (⇒ entreprendre,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • initiative — i‧ni‧tia‧tive [ɪˈnɪʆətɪv] noun 1. [uncountable] the ability to make decisions and take action without waiting for someone to tell you what to do: • He encourages initiative and new ideas. • You must be prepared to work on your own initiative. 2.… …   Financial and business terms

  • initiative — ini·tia·tive /i ni shə tiv, shē ə tiv/ n 1: the esp. introductory series of steps taken to cause a desired result the deposing party would ordinarily be required to take the initiative in arranging a deposition Andrews v. Bradshaw, 895 P.2d 973… …   Law dictionary

  • Initiative — In*i ti*a*tive, n. [Cf. F. initiative.] 1. An introductory step or movement; an act which originates or begins. [1913 Webster] The undeveloped initiatives of good things to come. I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. The right or power to introduce a new… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Initiative — Sf std. (19. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. initiative (législative) Vorschlagsrecht (für Gesetze), Gesetzesinitiative , zu frz. initier einführen, den Anfang machen, einweihen , aus l. initiāre, zu l. initium n. Anfang, Eingang, Ursprung ,… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • initiative — 1793, that which begins, also power of initiating, from Fr. initiative (1560s), from L. initiatus (see INITIATION (Cf. initiation)). First attested in English in writings of William Godwin. Phrase take the initiative recorded by 1844 …   Etymology dictionary

  • initiative — ► NOUN 1) the ability to act independently and with a fresh approach. 2) the power or opportunity to act before others do. 3) a new development or fresh approach to a problem. ● on one s own initiative Cf. ↑on one s own initiative …   English terms dictionary

  • Initiative — »erster Anstoß zu einer Handlung; Entschlusskraft, Unternehmungsgeist«: Das Wort wurde im 18. Jh. aus frz. initiative entlehnt, einem staatsrechtlichen Begriff mit der Bed. »Vorschlagsrecht«, wie er noch heute in der Schweiz gilt. Die allgemeine… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • Initiative — In*i ti*a*tive, a. [Cf. F. initiatif.] Serving to initiate; inceptive; initiatory; introductory; preliminary. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Initiatīve — (v. lat.), 1) das Recht, etwas anzutragen, vorzuschlagen; 2) Einleitung zu einer Sache; 3) nach den Begriffen des constitutionellen Staatsrechts das Recht, der Volksvertretung einen Gesetzesentwurf zur Berathung vorzulegen. Die I. unterscheidet… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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