proactive

[ proh-ak-tiv ]
/ proʊˈæk tɪv /
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adjective

serving to prepare for, intervene in, or control an expected occurrence or situation, especially a negative or difficult one; anticipatory: proactive measures against crime.

Nearby words

  1. proabortion,
  2. proaccelerin,
  3. proacrosomal granule,
  4. proaction,
  5. proactivator,
  6. proactive inhibition,
  7. proactively,
  8. proagon,
  9. prob,
  10. prob.

Origin of proactive

First recorded in 1930–35; pro-1 + active

Related formspro·ac·tive, nounpro·ac·tiv·i·ty, pro·ac·tive·ness, nounpro·ac·tive·ly, adverb

Can be confusedproactive reactionary reactive

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British Dictionary definitions for pro-active

proactive

/ (prəʊˈæktɪv) /

adjective

tending to initiate change rather than reacting to events
psychol of or denoting a mental process that affects a subsequent process

Word Origin for proactive

C20: from pro- ² + (re) active

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Word Origin and History for pro-active

proactive

adj.

also pro-active, of persons or policies, as an opposition to reactive, 1921, from pro- + active. From 1933, in psychology (learning theory). Related: Proactively; proactiveness; proactivity.

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