proactive

 Taking a position in advance rather than reacting.
 ► “An increasing number of progressive companies have been proactive in offering paid and unpaid family leaves as part of their employees’ benefit package.” (Public Personnel Management, Fall 1995, p. 271)

American business jargon. 2014.

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  • proactive — pro‧ac‧tive [prəʊˈæktɪv ǁ proʊ ] adjective approving doing something to influence or make changes happen and being prepared for change to happen: • For our guarantee to be effective, our employees had to adopt a more proactive attitude toward… …   Financial and business terms

  • proactive — proactive1 [prō ak′tiv] adj. [ PRO 2 + active, as in REACTIVE] assuming an active, rather than passive, role in doing, accomplishing, etc.; taking the initiative [a proactive approach to fighting drug abuse] proactive2 [prō ak′tiv] adj. [ PRO 1 + …   English World dictionary

  • proactive — is a vogue word, formed on the analogy of reactive, that came into prominence in the 1970s, and is used to mean ‘creating or controlling a situation by taking the initiative’, usually in the context of business administration: • a new kind of… …   Modern English usage

  • proactive — (adj.) also pro active, 1933, in psychology (learning theory), from PRO (Cf. pro ) + ACTIVE (Cf. active). Of persons or policies, as an opposition to REACTIVE (Cf. reactive), attested from 1971. Related: Proactively; proactiveness; proactivity …   Etymology dictionary

  • proactive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ creating or controlling a situation rather than just responding to it. DERIVATIVES proactively adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • Proactive — The word proactive sometimes also written pro active was used by the Austrian existential neuropsychiatrist [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E00E1DF1530F937A3575AC0A961958260 sec= spon= pagewanted=2 Dr. Viktor Emil Frankl] , in… …   Wikipedia

  • ProActive — Infobox Software name = ProActive caption = collapsible = developer = OW2 Consortium latest release version = latest release date = latest preview version = latest preview date = operating system = Cross platform programming language = Java genre …   Wikipedia

  • Proactive — Proactif Voir « proactif » sur le Wiktionnaire …   Wikipédia en Français

  • proactive — [[t]proʊæ̱ktɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED Proactive actions are intended to cause changes, rather than just reacting to change. In order to survive the competition a company should be proactive not reactive... Industry must adopt a much more proactive… …   English dictionary

  • proactive — adjective Date: 1933 1. [pro (I)] relating to, caused by, or being interference between previous learning and the recall or performance of later learning < proactive inhibition of memory > 2. [pro (II) + reactive] acting in anticipation of future …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • proactive — /proh ak tiv/, adj. serving to prepare for, intervene in, or control an expected occurrence or situation, esp. a negative or difficult one; anticipatory: proactive measures against crime. [1930 35; PRO 1 + ACTIVE] * * * …   Universalium

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