Merriam-Webster says in its entry for initiate that this word can also be an adjective:
- a : initiated or properly admitted (as to membership or an office)
b : instructed in some secret knowledge
- obsolete : relating to an initiate
However, this sense means introductory or preliminary, as in just getting started. But that is not the sense that I am looking for here. I don’t want an adjective derived from the verb initiate but rather one derived from the noun initiative.
I would like to know the correctly derived adjective to fit this blank:
- This guy shows great initiative.
- This guy is ______.
I am not interested in meanings derived from the verb to initiate, and to be frank I was quite surprised to find out those other senses.
My question instead seeks an adjective whose meaning relates to what I believe to be today’s dominant sense of the noun initiative: the one used to represent a positive quality in people who come up with their own solutions, need not be told exactly what to do, etc. This is the sense that Merriam-Webster gives as “energy or aptitude displayed in initiation of action”.
In other words, I need something for this blank below:
- People who come up with their own solutions and need not be told exactly show great initiative.
- Such people are ________ people.