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initiative


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Initiative  \In*i"ti*a*tive\,  a.  [Cf.  F.  initiatif.] 
  Serving  to  initiate;  inceptive;  initiatory;  introductory; 
  preliminary. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Initiative  \In*i"ti*a*tive\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  initiative.] 
  1.  An  introductory  step  or  movement;  an  act  which  originates 
  or  begins. 
 
  The  undeveloped  initiatives  of  good  things  to  come 
  --I.  Taylor. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Initiative  \In*i"ti*a*tive\,  n.  (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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  initiative 
  adj  :  serving  to  set  in  motion;  "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"  [syn:  {inaugural},  {initiatory},  {first},  {maiden}] 
  n  1:  readiness  to  embark  on  bold  new  ventures  [syn:  {enterprise}, 
  {enterprisingness},  {go-ahead}] 
  2:  the  first  of  a  series  of  actions;  "he  memorized  all  the 
  important  chess  openings"  [syn:  {first  step},  {opening 
  move},  {opening}] 




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