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Proactive vs Motivation - What's the difference?

proactive | motivation |

As an adjective proactive

is acting in advance to deal with an expected change or difficulty.

As a noun motivation is

willingness of action especially in behavior.



(en adjective)
  • 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.

    Usage notes

    Some consider proactive to be a buzzword, and it is associated with business-speak.The good grammar guide, by Richard Palmer, 2003, p. 157 Depending on use, alternatives include active, or “show initiative” instead of “be proactive ”.


    * anticipatory * forward-looking


    * reactive

    Derived terms

    * proactively * proactivity * proactiveness


    * The Word Detective, Issue of February 5, 2001 ----



    (en noun)
  • Willingness of action especially in behavior
  • The action of motivating.
  • Something which motivates.
  • An incentive or reason for doing something.
  • (advertising) a research rating that measures how the rational and emotional elements of a commercial affect consumer intention to consider, visit, or buy something.
  • The motivation scores showed that 65% of people wanted to visit our website to learn more about the offer after watching the commercial.

    Derived terms

    * intrinsic motivation * extrinsic motivation


    * (sense) The Advertising Research Handbook Charles E. Young, Ideas in Flight, Seattle, WA, April 2005 ----