- serving to prepare for, intervene in, or control an expected occurrence or situation, especially a negative or difficult one; anticipatory: proactive measures against crime.
Origin of proactive
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Examples from the Web for proactively
The only question is whether we will manage it proactively or reactively.Our Mindless Government Is Heading for a Spending Disaster
April 10, 2014
There are things that can be done legislatively and also proactively by the gun industry.Will Obama Seize the Moment on Gun Control?
December 17, 2012
Sony proactively reached out to several smaller brands to see if they wanted to create EPL-inspired products.Inside the Eat Pray Love Merchandising Machine
August 17, 2010
- tending to initiate change rather than reacting to events
- psychol of or denoting a mental process that affects a subsequent process
C20: from pro- ² + (re) active
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Word Origin and History for proactively
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