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in·i·tia·tive  (-nsh-tv)
1. The power or ability to begin or to follow through energetically with a plan or task; enterprise and determination.
2. A beginning or introductory step; an opening move: took the initiative in trying to solve the problem.
a. The power or right to introduce a new legislative measure.
b. The right and procedure by which citizens can propose a law by petition and ensure its submission to the electorate.
1. Of or relating to initiation.
2. Used to initiate; initiatory.
on (ones) own initiative
Without prompting or direction from others; on ones own.

in·itia·tive·ly adv.

initiative  /ntv/  n. [C;U] the first step, usu. showing strength, (syn.) ambition: He showed initiative by learning Spanish before moving to Colombia. initiative

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