pro·​ac·​tive·​ly (ˌ)prō-ˈak-tiv-lē How to pronounce proactively (audio)
: in a proactive manner : in a way that anticipates future problems, needs, or changes
… a system that allows us to alert customers if there's an issue with travel, whether their flight is delayed or proactively letting them know there is a transit strike in New York, or whatever.Steven Barnhart
By working proactively with charter organizations and other outside groups, district leaders could take a role in shaping the array of new alternative schools so that it benefits students most …Los Angeles Times

Examples of proactively in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All scaling inhibitors need to be proactively measured and remedied. James Messer, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 While government policies may take years to fully incorporate equal rights, many members of the LGBTQ+ community are proactively seizing every opportunity to drive small changes. Kanis Leung, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Nov. 2023 The United States has invested more than a billion dollars to recruit at least a million participants into All of Us, asking each of them for consent to use their health records for research, along with a significant time commitment to proactively contribute even more medical information. Katie Palmer, STAT, 2 Nov. 2023 So CEOs must proactively implement guardrails through education, security protocols, acceptable usage definitions, and data privacy policies to ensure responsible use of AI. Rob Lake, Fortune, 1 Nov. 2023 Today, Jordan’s allies are saying to expect some further defections, proactively lowering expectations. Tim Hanrahan, WSJ, 18 Oct. 2023 So the Israeli military has an obligation to proactively insure that civilians and Gaza are adequately supplied and to facilitate all humanitarianism. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 15 Oct. 2023 Another said Trump had proactively asked Gaetz to do it. Jonathan Karl, ABC News, 6 Oct. 2023 Blumenthal’s next step is to work with primary care doctors and their patients to use this type of testing in primary care clinics and verify penicillin allergies proactively rather than at the time people need the drugs most. Andrew Chapman, Scientific American, 5 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of proactively was in 1961

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“Proactively.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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