[ proh-ak-tiv ]
/ proʊˈæk tɪv /
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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Related formspro·ac·tive, nounpro·ac·tiv·i·ty, pro·ac·tive·ness, nounpro·ac·tive·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for proactivity
Republicans could work around this issue with a touch of proactivity.Republicans Shouldn't Filibuster Filibuster Reform|Justin Green|December 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But proactivity will be rewarded, by Thursday, when the Sun quits squaring Pluto.
British Dictionary definitions for proactivity
/ (prəʊˈæktɪv) /
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 proactivity
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