Re: Is "proactive" really a word?

Subject: Re: Is "proactive" really a word?
From: Tracy Boyington <tracy_boyington -at- OKVOTECH -dot- ORG>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 1997 07:45:46 -0500

Ron D Rhodes wrote:

> Is "proactive" a word?
> I hear it used a lot in sentences like "We should take a 'proactive'
> approach to training." I don't really know what people people are
> trying to say when they use this word, but I think it's akin to taking
> initiative, anticipating problems and fixing them before the happen.

This is the way I've always heard it used. It's considered the opposite
of "reactive."

> I checked my Oxford American Dictionary (Avon Press) and I didn't see
> the word.

That's interesting. I always thought it was a "real word," but it's not
in my dictionary either. Maybe it's one of them new fancy-schmancy 90s

Tracy Boyington tracy_boyington -at- okvotech -dot- org
Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education
Stillwater, OK, USA

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