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Acting in advance to deal with an expected difficulty; anticipatory: proactive steps to prevent terrorism.

pro·ac′tion n.
pro·ac′tive·ly adv.
pro·ac′tive·ness, pro′ac·tiv′i·ty n.
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action that initiates change as opposed to reaction to events
[C20: from pro-2 + (re)action]
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For them, it boils down to what Mark Tercek, the head of TNC, calls 'the Wall Street approach' and what transhumanists have taken to calling 'proaction' (as the opposite of precaution) (see Fuller and Lipinska 2014).
Top end almost two hours earlier, Allardyce had called for control, proaction.
[l]'ensemble des considerations qui precedent incitent des lors le Tribunal a ajouter, aux criteres qui etaient deja envisages par les tribunaux lorsqu'il s'agissait de statuer sur une irrecevabilite partielle avant le 1er janvier 2003, un critere additionnel derive du principe de la proportionnalite et du devoir de proaction du juge : le fait que la composante irrecevable du debat mu devant le tribunal heurterait ou non le principe de la proportionnalite si le moyen d'irrecevabilite partielle devait etre relegue au statut de moyen de defense et defere pour ce motif au juge du fond (para 90).
On the contrary, human resource development climate is known as a basic factor in determining organizational citizenship behavior ,productivity, success and set of three dimensions supportive climate, HRD mechanism and Octapace culture (openness, collaboration, trust, authenticity, proaction, autonomy, confrontation) that have strong effect on organizational citizenship behavior of the employees.
"He chose cowboys, knights and youth, drawing associations with figures who demonstrated individualism and proaction, but who worked for the good of the community.
Bateman and Crant suggested 'proaction', which means, actively creating change, not merely anticipating it.
Morris, Webb, and Franklin (2011) assess five empirical studies that examine the EO and performance relationship in nonprofts and found that two studies (Bhuian, Menguc, and Bell, 2005; Pearce, Fritz, and Davis, 2010) found a positive impact for EO on some measure of economic or financial performance of the nonprofits; two studies (Coombes, Morris, and Allen, 2009; Morris, Coombes, and Schindehutte, 2007) found no significant linkages in nonprofits between EO and financial performance, and one study (Voss, Voss, and Moorman, 2005) found that the relationships between three dimensions of EO--risk taking, proaction and innovativeness--and financial performance were mixed depending on the measure of performance used.
* Proaction: It means taking the initiative, preplanning and taking preventive action, and calculating the payoffs of an alternative course before taking action.