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proactive

[proh-ak-tiv] /proʊˈæk tɪv/
adjective
1.
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
1930-1935
1930-35; pro-1 + active
Related forms
proactive, noun
proactivity, proactiveness, noun
proactively, adverb
Can be confused
proactive, reactionary, reactive.
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British Dictionary definitions for proactively

proactive

/prəʊˈæktɪv/
adjective
1.
tending to initiate change rather than reacting to events
2.
(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

proactive

adj.

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.

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