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Noun: initiative  i'ni-sh(ee-)u-tiv
  1. Readiness to embark on bold new ventures
    - enterprise, enterprisingness, go-ahead
  2. The first of a series of actions
    - first step, opening move, opening
  3. A new program or strategy for dealing with a problem
Adjective: initiative  i'ni-sh(ee-)u-tiv
  1. Serving to set in motion
    "the initiative phase in the negotiations";
    - inaugural, initiatory, first, maiden

Derived forms: initiatives

See also: opening

Type of: beginning, commencement, drive, start

Encyclopedia: Initiative