Proactive meaning

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Assuming an active, rather than passive, role in doing, accomplishing, etc.; taking the initiative.

A proactive approach to school truancy.

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The definition of proactive is someone who takes an active role in dealing with something before it needs to be taken care of.

An example of proactive is a student studying for a fall semester class during their summer vacation.

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Relating to or caused by previously learned behavior, habits, etc.

Proactive inhibition.

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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.

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Acting in advance to deal with an expected difficulty; anticipatory.

Proactive steps to prevent terrorism.

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Origin of proactive

pro- +"Ž active; 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 Viktor Emil Frankl, in the context of dealing with the Holocaust, as contrast with reactive.