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Pronunciation:  i'nisheeutiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the first of a series of actions; "he memorized all the important chess openings"
  2. [n]  readiness to embark on bold new ventures
  3. [adj]  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"

INITIATIVE is a 10 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: enterprise, enterprisingness, first, first step, go-ahead, inaugural, initiatory, maiden, opening, opening, opening move
 See Also: beginning, commencement, curtain raiser, drive, first base, peace initiative, start



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*i"ti*a*tive\, a. [Cf. F. initiatif.]
    Serving to initiate; inceptive; initiatory; introductory;
  2. \In*i"ti*a*tive\, n. [Cf. F. initiative.]
    1. An introductory step or movement; an act which originates
       or begins.
             The undeveloped initiatives of good things to come.
                                                   --I. Taylor.
    2. The right or power to introduce a new measure or course of
       action, as in legislation; as, the initiative in respect
       to revenue bills is in the House of Representatives.
  3. \In*i"ti*a*tive\, n. (Political Science)
    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.
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