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enterprising (comparative more enterprising, superlative most enterprising)

  1. Displaying bravery and daring in attempting some task.
  2. Very able and ingenious in business dealings or social advancement.
    • 1834, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter II, in Francesca Carrara. [], volume II, London: Richard Bentley, [], (successor to Henry Colburn), →OCLC, page 22:
      It was now settled that every body was to be amused by her coarse jest and her odd expressions, and therefore everybody was amused. Moreover, there was another great secret of her popularity; all in her company luxuriated in a little complacent sense of their own superiority,—one of the most agreeable of the senses to indulge. Such was the enterprising individual whose saloon was to-night a representation of the Field of the Cloth of Gold.




  1. present participle and gerund of enterprise


enterprising (plural enterprisings)

  1. The undertaking of an enterprise; purposeful activity; doings.
    • 2010, Melvin Pollner, Mundane Reason: Reality in Everyday and Sociological Discourse:
      What gives these enterprisings their political character are the contentions, claims and experiences of the other.