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initiative

noun (JUDGMENT)    /ɪˈnɪʃ.ə.tɪv/ US  /-t̬ɪv/
C1 [U] the ability to use your judgment to make decisions and do things without needing to be told what to do: Although she was quite young, she showed a lot of initiative and was promoted to manager after a year. I shouldn't always have to tell you what to do, use your initiative (= use your own judgment to decide what to do)!IntelligencePerceptive on your own initiative If you do something on your own initiative, you plan it and decide to do it yourself without anyone telling you what to do.IntelligencePerceptive
(Definition of initiative noun (JUDGMENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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