As adjectives the difference between proactive and cautious
is that proactive
is acting in advance to deal with an expected change or difficulty while cautious
is careful; using or exercising caution; tentative.
Acting in advance to deal with an expected change or difficulty
- We can deal with each problem as it pops up, or we can take a proactive stance and try to prevent future problems.
Some consider proactive to be a buzzword, and it is associated with business-speak.
[The good grammar guide, by Richard Palmer, 2003, ]
Depending on use, alternatives include active, or “show initiative” instead of “be proactive ”.
* The Word Detective,
Issue of February 5, 2001
careful; using or exercising caution; tentative
- He took a few cautious steps out the door.
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