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[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.
Origin of proactive
1930-35; pro-1 + active
Related forms
proactive, noun
proactivity, proactiveness, noun
proactively, adverb
Can be confused
proactive, reactionary, reactive. Unabridged
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  • By all means, let's move forward, but let's do so proactively.
  • One still experiences normal emotions and can respond proactively.
  • There are also ways of being proactively funny that are less hazardous than trying to tell a joke.
  • On a political level, this stuff needs to be opened up and confronted proactively.
  • The firm might think it's acting boldly or proactively.
  • Provenance has always added value to art objects, but the trend is towards promoting it proactively.
  • Government policies should proactively address such issues because they offer opportunities to produce innovative solutions.
  • But a few companies, are proactively stepping up to help.
  • Over the course of a few days, the brain adapts to the point where it can proactively anticipate the boat's motions.
British Dictionary definitions for proactively


tending to initiate change rather than reacting to events
(psychol) of or denoting a mental process that affects a subsequent process
Word Origin
C20: from pro-² + (re)active
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Word Origin and History for proactively



also pro-active, of persons or policies, as an opposition to reactive, 1921, from pro- + active. From 1933, in psychology (learning theory). Related: Proactively; proactiveness; proactivity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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