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English adjective: initiative

1. initiative serving to set in motion

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsfirst, inaugural, initiatory, maiden



English noun: initiative

1. initiative (attribute) readiness to embark on bold new ventures

Synonymsenterprise, enterprisingness, go-ahead

Broader (hypernym)drive

2. initiative (act) the first of a series of actions

Synonymsfirst step, opening, opening move

Broader (hypernym)beginning, commencement, start

Narrower (hyponym)curtain raiser, first base, peace initiative

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