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 measure or course of action, as in legislation; as, the initiative in respect to revenue bills is in the House of Representatives.
[1913 Webster]

3. (Political Science) The right or procedure by which legislation may be introduced or enacted directly by the people, as in the Swiss Confederation and in many of the States of the United States; -- chiefly used with the. The procedure of the initiative is essentially as follows: Upon the filing of a petition signed by a required number or percentage of qualified voters the desired measure must be submitted to a popular vote, and upon receiving the required majority (commonly a majority of those voting on the measure submitted) it becomes a law. In some States of the United States the initiative is only local; in others it is state-wide and includes the making of constitutional amendments.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]

4. a character trait manifested in a readiness and ability to initiate action; an enterprising spirit; a go-getting attitude; energy; drive; get-up-and-go.
[PJC]

5. in interactive activities, such as conversation or games, the right or opportunity to set the course of action; as, to have the initiative.
[PJC]

 

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