proactive


pro·ac·tive

adjective \(ˌ)prō-ˈak-tiv\

: controlling a situation by making things happen or by preparing for possible future problems

Full Definition of PROACTIVE

1
[1pro-] :  relating to, caused by, or being interference between previous learning and the recall or performance of later learning <proactive inhibition of memory>
2
[2pro- + reactive] :  acting in anticipation of future problems, needs, or changes
pro·ac·tive·ly adverb

Examples of PROACTIVE

  1. A survey was given out to customers so that the company could take proactive steps to improve their service.
  2. The city is taking a proactive approach to fighting crime by hiring more police officers.

First Known Use of PROACTIVE

1933

pro·ac·tive

adjective \(ˈ)prō-ˈak-tiv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PROACTIVE

: relating to, caused by, or being interference between previous learning and the recall or performance of later learning <proactive inhibition of memory>

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