Definition of proactive in English:

Share this entry

proactive

Pronunciation: /prəʊˈaktɪv/

adjective

(Of a person or action) creating or controlling a situation rather than just responding to it after it has happened: employers must take a proactive approach to equal pay
More example sentences
  • 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.

Derivatives

proaction

Pronunciation: /prəʊˈakʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • How do people intentionally recruit the functional circuitry of forethought, proaction, intention, aspiration, self-appraisal, and self-reflection?

proactivity

Pronunciation: /prəʊakˈtɪvɪti/
noun
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.

Origin

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

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: pro|active

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.