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Initiative (plural Initiatives)
  1. A beginning; a first move.
  2. A new development; a fresh approach to something; a new way of dealing with a problem.
  3. The ability to act first or on one's own.
  4. An issue to be voted on, brought to the ballot by a sufficient number of signatures from among the voting public.


Initiative (not comparable)

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

Adjectives for Initiative

unusual; private; unfettered; individual; untrammeled; unparalleled; aggressive; independent; popular.

Verbs for Initiative

crush—; curb—; demonstrate—; develop—; display—; encourage—; exhibit—; imbue with—; kill—; manifest—; observe—; praise—; provoke—; reward—; —activates; —yields.


pregnant, prenatal, primal, primary, prime, primeval, primitive, primitiveness, primitivity, primogenial, procreative, punch, push, pushfulness, pushiness, pushingness, recall, referendum, resourcefulness, rudimental, rudimentary, snap, spirit, spunk, starch, statutory referendum, thrust, up-and-comingness, ur, venturesomeness, venturousness, verve, vigor, vim, warming-up, zing, zip, abecedarian, aboriginal, adventuresomeness, adventurousness, aggression, aggressiveness, alpha, ambition, ambitiousness, antenatal, autochthonous, bang, baptismal, beginning, breaking-in, budding, constitutional referendum, creative, dash, direct initiative, drive, dynamism, elan, elemental, elementary, embryonic, energy, enterprise, enterprisingness, facultative referendum, fetal, fire, first, first blush, first glance, first impression, first inning, first lap, first move, first round, first sight, first stage, first step, force, forcefulness, formative, foundational, fundamental, gambit, gestatory, get-up-and-get, get-up-and-go, getup, ginger, go, go-ahead, go-getting, go-to-itiveness, gumption, hustle, in embryo, in its infancy, in the bud, inaugural, inceptive, inchoate, inchoative, incipient, incunabular, indirect initiative, infant, infantile, initial, initiatory, introductive, introductory, inventive, kick, le premier pas, lead, leadership, mandate, mandatory referendum, nascent, natal, opening move, original, parturient, pep, pepper, piss and vinegar, pizzazz, plebiscite, plebiscitum, poop, postnatal,


From French initiative < Medieval Latin *initiativus (serving to initiate) < Late Latin initiare (to begin, Latin initiate) < Latin initium (beginning) < ineo (enter, begin).


  • IPA: /ɪˈnɪʃətɪv/
  • noicon(file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪʃətɪv



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Initiative f. (plural Initiatives)

  1. initiative
    • Prendre l'initiative.


From Medieval Latin *initiativus (serving to initiate) < Late Latin initiare (to begin, Latin initiate) < Latin initium (beginning) < ineo (enter, begin).