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initiative
used in Babbitt

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

or:

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)
  • Fellow's own fault if he doesn't show the initiative to up and beat it to the city, like we done—did.
    Chapter 8 (82% in)
  • Of course the average fellow in Zenith has got more Individual Initiative than the fourflushers here, but I got to hand it to New York.
    Chapter 11 (7% in)

There are no more uses of "initiative" in Babbitt.

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