noun | \ i-ˈni-shə-tiv, -shē-ə-tiv \ | ini·tia·tive
  1. : the especially introductory series of steps taken to cause a desired result the deposing party would ordinarily be required to take the initiative in arranging a deposition —Andrews v. Bradshaw, 895 P.2d 973 (1995)

  1. a : the right to initiate legislative action

    b : a procedure enabling a specified number of voters by petition to propose a law and secure its submission to the electorate or to the legislature for approval — see also referendum