What does proactive mean?

Definitions for proactiveproʊˈæk tɪv

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. proactive(adj)

    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"

  2. proactive(adj)

    (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

Wiktionary

  1. proactive(Adjective)

    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.

  2. 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 .

Editors Contribution

  1. proactive

    Acting to initiate change.

    He always saw the bigger picture and acted proactively to create and change situations rather than wait for them to happen and then respond.

  2. proactive

    Acting in advance to action, buy, arrange, give, offer or provide something that is needed.

    The new government employment support team were proactive in arranging meetings with those people they felt needed extra help or support to find meaningful employment or training.

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of proactive in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of proactive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Joseph Quinlan:

    We'll feel more confident about global prospects if we have a more proactive ECB.

  2. Emeasoba George:

    It takes wisdom/insight/proactive approach to be resourceful i.e. to have the ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    True leadership is all about being verbally/attitudinally positive or active, humble/compassionate/passionate/foresighted/pragmatic and proactive all together.

  4. Joseph Quinlan:

    We're looking for any stimulus, and are vulnerable to no additional actions being taken, we'll feel more confident about global prospects if we have a more proactive ECB.

  5. Donald Trump:

    Of course I don't think they'd want anything to happen. But I would think they should be very proactive and want protection for somebody like me that has 20,000 people at any time, you would think that they would want to be very proactive, but we have not heard from them.

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