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Definition the ability and tendency to determine what should be done and to start doing it without instruction

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to start something
The exact meaning of starting something depends upon the context. For example:
  • "She did it on her own initiative." — started it without anyone telling her to
  • "She seized the initiative." — started actions that force others to react to her rather than her having to react to them
  • "the peace initiative" — a plan or the start of actions to bring about something
  • "a ballot initiative" — a proposed law that is started by citizen petition rather than by the legislature (applicable in many jurisdictions such as California)
  • She is smart, dedicated and has initiative. I expect to see her promoted soon.
initiative = the ability and tendency to determine what should be done and to start doing it without instruction
  • I admire her initiative.
  • He did it on his own initiative. His boss didn't even know about it.
  • initiative = started a task without instruction
  • Once the advance was stalled, we lost the initiative.
  • The CEO introduced a new initiative to improve customer satisfaction.
  • The ballot initiative would limit real growth in state expenditures to growth in population.
  • For the second week in a row, I leave out Hilly's bathroom initiative.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • initiative = proposal or thing started
  • Coach'll probably congratulate you on your initiative!
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • initiative = determining what should be done and doing it without instruction
  • Soupy was excellent when set a task, but had no initiative and was unused to planning.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • I knew that I must find the train to Uelzen, but months of being told what to do had left me robbed of initiative.
    Corrie ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • We the Coalition hereby grant the PCC express permission to fully implement their PC Initiative #1 as presented in full and attached below.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • But the initiative had passed to the Israelis, and the tension was gone from it by now.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • He must seize the initiative, or at least try to seize it; he must keep Grace from reading his mind.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • She's taken the initiative for the evening, making reservations at a place in midtown, which Donald and Astrid have recommended.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • There were several attempts to snatch at them, but it was the mayor's wife who took the initiative.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Women, if one may put it this way, are reactive creatures, with little original initiative, careless to the point of being passive.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • You see my initiative doesn't go beyond putting myself at your disposal."
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • You think he wants me to take the initiative?
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • I was aware of the demand for action, and, my old helplessness strong upon me, I was waiting for him to take the initiative.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • It was Pauline, who had made the trip from Manchester to Boston on her own initiative.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers

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