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initiative (n.)

"power of initiating," 1775, from French initiative (16c.), from Latin initiatus, past participle of initiare "to begin," from initium "a beginning" (see initial (adj.)). From 1793 as "disposition to take the lead." Phrase take the initiative recorded by 1815.

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Definitions of initiative
1
initiative (n.)
readiness to embark on bold new ventures;
Synonyms: enterprise / enterprisingness / go-ahead
initiative (n.)
the first of a series of actions;
Synonyms: first step / opening move / opening
2
initiative (adj.)
serving to set in motion;
the initiative phase in the negotiations
Synonyms: inaugural / initiatory / first / maiden
From wordnet.princeton.edu