Origin of proactivepro- + -active, as in reactive
An example of proactive is a student studying for a fall semester class during their summer vacation.
Origin of proactivepro- + -active, as in retroactive
- pro·ac′tive·ness pro′ac·tiv′i·ty
(comparative more proactive, superlative most proactive)
Some consider proactive to be a buzzword, and it is associated with business-speak.
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.
- When you take a proactive attitude and steps to put a business continuity plan in place, you are demonstrating to your customers, employees and shareholders that your company will be a stable one, no matter what circumstances lie ahead.
- By sharing a sample letter with those who agree to help you, you are being proactive in making it as simple as possible for them and allowing them to concentrate on the content of the letter rather than the format.
- This may be contrary to everything you want to do when anger takes hold, but stepping away from the drama is much more beneficially and proactive than reacting to the power of your anger and other emotions.
- It is paramount for struggling individuals to be proactive and attempt to conquer their hurdles or learn to accept their hair loss as a fact that does not impinge on the wonderful style they have inside.
- In addition, the installation of TAP is a proactive, preventative approach to pest management as opposed to the traditional reactive approach of spraying pesticides once a pest problem is detected.