proactive

[ proh-ak-tiv ]
/ proʊˈæk tɪv /

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.

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Origin of proactive

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

OTHER WORDS FROM proactive

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH proactive

proactive , reactionary, reactive
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British Dictionary definitions for proactive

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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