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British English: /ɪˈnɪʃətɪv/
American English: /ɪˈnɪʃ(i)ədɪv/

Translation of initiative in German:


  • 1 (power)the initiative is ours/lies with them
    die Initiative liegt bei uns/ihnen
    have the initiative
    die Überhand haben
    den Kampf bestimmen
  • 2no pl., no indef. art. (ability)
    Initiative Fem.
    lack initiative
    keine Initiative haben od. besitzen
  • 3 (first step)
    Initiative Fem.
    take the initiative
    die Initiative ergreifen
    den ersten Schritt tun
    on one's own initiative
    aus eigener Initiative
  • 4 (citizen's right to initiate legislation)
    Gesetzesinitiative Fem.

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