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in·i·tia·tive  audio  (-nsh-tv) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. The power or ability to begin or to follow through energetically with a plan or task; enterprise and determination.
  2. A beginning or introductory step; an opening move: took the initiative in trying to solve the problem.
    1. The power or right to introduce a new legislative measure.
    2. The right and procedure by which citizens can propose a law by petition and ensure its submission to the electorate.
ADJECTIVE:
  1. Of or relating to initiation.
  2. Used to initiate; initiatory.

IDIOM:
on (one's) own initiative
Without prompting or direction from others; on one's own.


OTHER FORMS:
in·itia·tive·ly(Adverb)


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