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  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

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  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 .


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