If you are enterprising, you are creative and show initiative. Were you the kid who bought candy before school and sold it during school at a profit? If so, you were an enterprising little one.

Though it has the word, enterprise, in it and is often used to describe people who set up businesses to fill a need, enterprising can be used for any kind of display of creative initiative. Kids who decide on their own to build a skate park are enterprising, as is a dance company that is able to perform a piece on a shoestring budget.

Definitions of enterprising

adj marked by imagination, initiative, and readiness to undertake new projects

“an enterprising foreign policy”
“an enterprising young man likely to go far”
adventuresome, adventurous
willing to undertake or seeking out new and daring enterprises
having a strong desire for success or achievement
possessing or exerting or displaying energy
energetic, gumptious, industrious, up-and-coming
working hard to promote an enterprise
willing to take risks in order to make a profit
nonenterprising, unenterprising
lacking in enterprise; not bold or venturesome
lacking in boldness
ambitionless, unambitious
having little desire for success or achievement
slowgoing, unenergetic
not inclined to be enterprising
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