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
Examples of proactive in a sentence
A survey was given out to customers so that the company could take proactive steps to improve their service.
The city is taking a proactive approach to fighting crime by hiring more police officers.
Did You Know?
People who tend to react to a problem only when it's gotten serious could be called reactive people. Until recently, reactive (in this sense) didn't really have an antonym. So proactive was coined to describe the kind of person who's always looking into the future in order to be prepared for anything. A good parent attempts to be proactive on behalf of his or her children, trying to imagine the problems they might be facing in a few months or years. A company's financial officers study the patterns of the company's earnings to make sure it won't risk running short of cash at any point in the next year or two. Proactive has only been around a few decades, and it can still sometimes sound like a fashionable buzzword.
First Known Use of proactive
PROACTIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of proactive for English Language Learners
: controlling a situation by making things happen or by preparing for possible future problems
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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