Definitions for proactiveproʊˈæk tɪv
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
serving to prepare for, intervene in, or control an expected occurrence or situation:
proactive measures against crime.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Origin of proactive:
descriptive of any event or stimulus or process that has an effect on events or stimuli or processes that occur subsequently
"proactive inhibition"; "proactive interference"
(of a policy or person or action) controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than waiting to respond to it after it happens
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a proactive approach to his career
Acting in advance to deal with an expected change or difficulty
We can deal with each problem as it pops up, or we can take a proactive stance and try to prevent future problems.
Origin: ; originally coined 1933 by Paul Whiteley and Gerald Blankfort in a psychology paper, used in technical sense.\ Used in a popular context and sense (courage, perseverance) in 1946 book Man’s Search for Meaning by neuropsychiatrist , in the context of dealing with the Holocaust, as contrast with reactive. Popularized in the US in the 1970s in management and business setting by .