- 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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- 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 proactiveness'
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