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initiative

[ ih-nish-ee-uh-tiv, ih-nish-uh- ]SEE DEFINITION OF initiative

Synonyms for initiative

  • action
  • drive
  • leadership
  • push
  • ambition
  • dynamism
  • energy
  • enterprise
  • enthusiasm
  • get-up-and-go
  • gumption
  • inventiveness
  • moxie
  • originality
  • punch
  • resource
  • resourcefulness
  • spunk
  • steam
  • vigor
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Antonyms for initiative

  • apathy
  • cowardice
  • idleness
  • inactivity
  • indifference
  • laziness
  • lethargy
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR INITIATIVE

It inspires the initiative that makes our productivity the wonder of the world.

Kingozi concluded that she wished the initiative to come from him.

But he was not going to risk a wound to his vanity by taking the initiative too earnestly.

Mrs. Shelley, then, had the wit to guess where the initiative lay.

Nelthorp had already vanished completely on his own initiative.

But does not Mrs. Theobald always take any initiative from you?

There was a moment's pause, and then the barbarians, taking the initiative, charged.

Arlt had genius; but he lacked both influence and initiative.

He is a man of initiative and push, and withal he is a man of sincerity and tact.

It may suppress spontaneity, initiative, and real life in the school.

WORD ORIGIN

1793, "that which begins," also "power of initiating," from French initiative (1560s), from Latin initiatus (see initiation). First attested in English in writings of William Godwin. Phrase take the initiative recorded by 1844.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR INITIATIVE

ambition

nounstrong desire for success

attack

nounphysical assault
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