initiative-n; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: energy, aptitude, enterprise to get going

Commentary: INITIATIVE[+quality][+personality][+enterprise]

Sally showed great initiative in organizing the annual fundraiser.
The teacher told them to use their own initiative, imagination and common sense.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: the first or beginning stage, phase of an undertaking

Commentary: INITIATIVE[+state][+beginning]

This assassination will be a major setback for the recent peace initiative between the nations.
Their state is taking the initiative in reducing hydrocarbon emissions into the atmosphere.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: a proposal, petition or referendum

Commentary: INITIATIVE[+action][+social][+proposal][+referendum]

The environmentalists managed to get their initiative on this year's ballot.
The initiative passed by a two-to-one margin.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 3