Definition of proactive in English:

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Pronunciation: /prōˈaktiv/


(Of a person, policy, or action) creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened: be proactive in identifying and preventing potential problems
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  • With a pittance of a salary, how could they be enthused to become proactive people?
  • This seems to be the cue for the proactive consumer to start interrogating different suppliers.
  • Today, he was as proactive and involved as captain as he has ever been.
enterprising, take-charge, energetic, driven, bold, dynamic, motivated, go-ahead



Pronunciation: /prōˈakSHən/
Example sentences
  • How do people intentionally recruit the functional circuitry of forethought, proaction, intention, aspiration, self-appraisal, and self-reflection?


Pronunciation: /ˌprōˌakˈtivətē/
Example sentences
  • The report says there is a need for more proactivity in relation to sectors where there may be a chemical or biological product being traded outside the EU.
  • So I think the real nub of the problem is that you have not got HR focus and HR proactivity to cause these changes to happen, and it is just like a melee.
  • His reputation from his municipal politics days guarantees real proactivity.


1930s: from pro-2 (denoting earlier occurrence), on the pattern of reactive.

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Syllabification: pro·ac·tive

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