OTHER WORDS FROM proactivepro·ac·tive, nounpro·ac·tiv·i·ty, pro·ac·tive·ness, nounpro·ac·tive·ly, adverb
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What does proactive mean?
Proactive is the opposite of reactive. Actions that are proactive are initiated not in reaction to a situation but instead out of a desire to make a positive change, prepare for a situation, or prevent something from happening.
Proactive is commonly used to describe people who take such actions. It’s also commonly used in the phrase proactive measures, meaning proactive actions, especially those done to prevent a negative situation.
Example: Henry credits most of his success to being proactive instead of waiting for opportunities to come to him.
Where does proactive come from?
The first records of proactive come from the 1930s. It’s formed with the prefix pro-, which in this case is used to mean “before.” (When used in other words, like procrastinate, pro- often means “forward” or “outward.”)
People who procrastinate are not proactive—they wait until the last minute to do things. Proactive people do things ahead of time. Specifically, they take initiative, as opposed to simply reacting when things happen. People are often praised for being proactive when their proactive measures are recognized for having prevented something negative from happening or having helped to make it not quite as bad as it could have been if such actions hadn’t been taken.
For example, city officials can be proactive by building up a budget surplus that can be used in times of emergency. A student can be proactive by starting to research a topic that they know will be addressed in upcoming classes. An employee can be proactive by taking actions to address a problem that might happen in the future. In most cases, being proactive involves anticipating what’s going to happen and then taking action instead of waiting to react to it.
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What are some other forms related to proactive?
- proactively (adverb)
- proactivity (noun)
- proactiveness (noun)
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How is proactive used in real life?
Proactive is always used positively, especially when recognizing people whose actions have helped to prevent negative situations or helped to make them not as bad as they could have been.
Being proactive about any and all things that come your way is probably the most simple thing you could do that will make a huge difference in your life.
— DRE (@dopefindsDRE) April 28, 2020
Today is National Lost Dog Awareness Day. Acting swiftly can help you reunite with a lost pet faster. However, ensuring you have proactive measures in place also helps contribute to a speedy reunion: https://t.co/MqW71cxp1p pic.twitter.com/uJZGyyCzpf
— Petco (@Petco) April 24, 2020
A huge mistake young professionals make is to become active on LinkedIn only when they are looking for a job.
That's not proactive! Building a network isn't only for job search but for prospective career growth and future partnership.
Stop being reactive, Be Intentional!
— CareerLife Nigeria (@careerlifeng) April 22, 2020
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Which of the following words would NOT be used to refer to someone who’s being proactive?
How to use proactive in a sentence
Investigators have moved from being perpetually on the back foot to being more proactive, with the result that many exchanges have responded with new rules and controls that simply did not exist before.North Korean hackers steal billions in cryptocurrency. How do they turn it into real cash?|Patrick O'Neill|September 10, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Take a bank like M&T — they say they are being proactive, but from the outside, you really have no idea.
I don’t have the same implicit sense of how my team and colleagues are doing, so I need to be more proactive to check in.How this year’s 40 Under 40 are surviving the pandemic|jonathanvanian2015|September 7, 2020|Fortune
It has a lot to do with very specific, proactive efforts taken by the generation of women above me who launched the Women in Topology network.Conducting the Mathematical Orchestra From the Middle|Rachel Crowell|September 2, 2020|Quanta Magazine
To do that, employers and hiring managers need to look at who is in their networks — if everyone looks like or acts like them, they need to take proactive steps to expand their reach.Deep Dive: How companies and their employees are facing the future of work|Digiday|September 1, 2020|Digiday
These are reactive, not proactive, stances, and they do little to offer substantive solutions.
There seems to be a proactive disregard for knowing or caring about their lives and plight.
Without a dedicated and proactive rescue force, campaigners fear, the death toll in the Mediterranean will skyrocket.
Just as there are clear upsides to these types of proactive efforts in the corporate sector, there are downsides to not doing so.
The reality is something less proactive than reactive, not an initiative but a condition—a matter of identity.America Is Coming to Terms with Its Racial Past—Let’s Look Ahead Instead|John McWhorter|May 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So one cannot say that law, as opposed to politics, is not proactive.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin