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


  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.


  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. The CDC Staples:

    We're only at 11 (cases) due to such proactive measures.

  2. Vicki Bryan:

    Reactive (strategy) is way more expensive than proactive.

  3. Dhananjay Tingal:

    Corporations must be proactive and engage with the public, as well.

  4. Yohei Kono:

    Mr. Abe talks of a 'proactive contribution to peace', but what does that mean?

  5. Joseph Quinlan:

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

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