Proactive steps to prevent terrorism.
A proactive approach to school truancy.
An example of proactive is a student studying for a fall semester class during their summer vacation.
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.