initiative


initiative
initiative i‧ni‧tia‧tive [ɪˈnɪʆətɪv] noun
1. [uncountable] the ability to make decisions and take action without waiting for someone to tell you what to do:

• He encourages initiative and new ideas.

• You must be prepared to work on your own initiative.

2. [countable] an important new plan or process, done to achieve a particular aim or to solve a particular problem:

• The cost-cutting initiatives are expected to result in savings of $300 million.

• an initiative to attract new customers

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initiative UK US /ɪˈnɪʃətɪv/ noun
[C] a new plan or action to improve something or solve a problem: »

a marketing/cost-cutting initiative

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a diplomatic/peace initiative

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an education/environmental/economic initiative

[U] the ability to use your own judgment to make decisions without asking another person's advice: take/seize/lose the initiative »

The group's legal advisers said they were taking the initiative to tackle online privacy issues.

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Candidates for the job must be capable of working on their own initiative.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Initiative — Initiative …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • initiative — [ inisjativ ] n. f. • 1567, rare av. fin XVIIIe; du lat. initiare « initier », en bas lat. « commencer » 1 ♦ Action d une personne qui est la première à proposer, entreprendre, organiser qqch. Prendre l initiative d une démarche (⇒ entreprendre,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • initiative — ini·tia·tive /i ni shə tiv, shē ə tiv/ n 1: the esp. introductory series of steps taken to cause a desired result the deposing party would ordinarily be required to take the initiative in arranging a deposition Andrews v. Bradshaw, 895 P.2d 973… …   Law dictionary

  • Initiative — In*i ti*a*tive, n. [Cf. F. initiative.] 1. An introductory step or movement; an act which originates or begins. [1913 Webster] The undeveloped initiatives of good things to come. I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. The right or power to introduce a new… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Initiative — Sf std. (19. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. initiative (législative) Vorschlagsrecht (für Gesetze), Gesetzesinitiative , zu frz. initier einführen, den Anfang machen, einweihen , aus l. initiāre, zu l. initium n. Anfang, Eingang, Ursprung ,… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • initiative — 1793, that which begins, also power of initiating, from Fr. initiative (1560s), from L. initiatus (see INITIATION (Cf. initiation)). First attested in English in writings of William Godwin. Phrase take the initiative recorded by 1844 …   Etymology dictionary

  • initiative — ► NOUN 1) the ability to act independently and with a fresh approach. 2) the power or opportunity to act before others do. 3) a new development or fresh approach to a problem. ● on one s own initiative Cf. ↑on one s own initiative …   English terms dictionary

  • Initiative — »erster Anstoß zu einer Handlung; Entschlusskraft, Unternehmungsgeist«: Das Wort wurde im 18. Jh. aus frz. initiative entlehnt, einem staatsrechtlichen Begriff mit der Bed. »Vorschlagsrecht«, wie er noch heute in der Schweiz gilt. Die allgemeine… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • Initiative — In*i ti*a*tive, a. [Cf. F. initiatif.] Serving to initiate; inceptive; initiatory; introductory; preliminary. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Initiatīve — (v. lat.), 1) das Recht, etwas anzutragen, vorzuschlagen; 2) Einleitung zu einer Sache; 3) nach den Begriffen des constitutionellen Staatsrechts das Recht, der Volksvertretung einen Gesetzesentwurf zur Berathung vorzulegen. Die I. unterscheidet… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon