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Mr. Hills showed initiative and bravery when dealing with a dangerous situation.
Employees are encouraged to use their initiative if faced with a problem.
He developed the plan on his own initiative.
She would have to take the initiative in order to improve their relationship.
We lost the initiative and allowed our opponents to dominate the discussion.
This is the American English definition of initiative. View British English definition of initiative.
the sending of images and photographs from one mobile phone to another
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