Definition of Initiative

1. Noun. Readiness to embark on bold new ventures.

Exact synonyms: Enterprise, Enterprisingness, Go-ahead
Generic synonyms: Drive
Derivative terms: Enterpriser, Enterprising, Go Ahead

2. Adjective. Serving to set in motion. "The liner's maiden voyage"
Exact synonyms: First, Inaugural, Initiatory, Maiden
Similar to: Opening
Derivative terms: Initiate, Initiate, Initiate

3. Noun. The first of a series of actions.
Exact synonyms: First Step, Opening, Opening Move
Generic synonyms: Beginning, Commencement, Start
Specialized synonyms: Curtain Raiser, First Base, Peace Initiative
Derivative terms: Open, Open, Open, Opening

Definition of Initiative

1. a. Serving to initiate; inceptive; initiatory; introductory; preliminary.

2. n. An introductory step or movement; an act which originates or begins.

3. n. The right or procedure by which legislation may be introduced or enacted directly by the people, as in the Swiss Confederation and in many of the States of the United States; -- chiefly used with the. The procedure of the initiative is essentially as follows: Upon the filing of a petition signed by a required number or percentage of qualified voters the desired measure must be submitted to a popular vote, and upon receiving the required majority (commonly a majority of those voting on the measure submitted) it becomes a law. In some States of the United States the initiative is only local; in others it is state-wide and includes the making of constitutional amendments.

Definition of Initiative

1. Noun. A beginning; a first move. ¹

2. Noun. A new development; a fresh approach to something; a new way of dealing with a problem. ¹

3. Noun. The ability to act first or on one's own. ¹

4. Noun. An issue to be voted on, brought to the ballot by a sufficient number of signatures from among the voting public. ¹

5. Adjective. In which voter initiatives can be brought to the ballot. ¹

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Definition of Initiative

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Initiative

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Literary usage of Initiative

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1. The Arena by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1908)
"The vote on the initiative proposal to establish direct nomination in place of ... Thus the first year's use of the initiative and Referendum in Oregon was ..."

2. Report of the Congressional Committees Investigating the Iran/Contra Affair by Lee H. Hamilton, Daniel K. Inouye (1995)
"Chapter 16 Summary: The Iran initiative It was not a mistake for the President to seek ... What was wrong with the Iran initiative was the way in which the ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"While the terms initiative and referendum were almost unknown in American politics prior to 1890, yet an analogy is to be found in colonial days. ..."

4. The American Year Book: A Record of Events and Progress by Francis Graham Wickware, (, Albert Bushnell Hart, (, Simon Newton Dexter North, William M. Schuyler (1915)
"Measures relating to the initiative, referendum, or recall were submitted to the voters in a dozen states, and proposals to extend the electoral franchise ..."

5. Education by Project Innovation (Organization) (1915)
"This is where we seem to justify our foreign and American critics who consider that initiative is necessarily wasteful. Their remedy is on the line of the ..."

6. A Model City Charter: With Home Rule Provisions Recommended for the State (1922)
"Preparation of initiative Petitions. Signatures to initiative petitions need not all be on one paper, but the circulator of every such paper shall make an ..."

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