Is "proactive" really a word?

Subject: Is "proactive" really a word?
From: Terence Kierans <TKierans -at- TRANSIGO -dot- NET -dot- AU>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 1997 08:23:41 +1000

From Merriam Webster on-line dictionary:

"Main Entry: pro·ac·tive
Pronunciation: (")prO-'ak-tiv
Function: adjective
Date: 1933
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"

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