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Definition 1: the first of a series of actions - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for initiative in the sense of this definition

(initiative is a kind of ...) the act of starting something

"he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"

(... is a kind of initiative ) any preliminary activity

(... is a kind of initiative ) the initial stage in accomplishing something

"we didn't get to first base with that approach"

(... is a kind of initiative ) opening move in negotiating a peace treaty

Definition 2: readiness to embark on bold new ventures - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for initiative in the sense of this definition

(initiative is a kind of ...) the trait of being highly motivated

"his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"

Definition 3: serving to set in motion - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where initiative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the magazine's inaugural issue
  • the initiative phase in the negotiations
  • an initiatory step toward a treaty
  • his first (or maiden) speech in Congress
  • the liner's maiden voyage

Synonyms for initiative in the sense of this definition

(initiative is similar to ...) first or beginning

"the memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth" "the play's opening scene"

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