Proactive vs Precaution - What's the difference?
As an adjective proactive
is acting in advance to deal with an expected change or difficulty.
As a noun precaution is
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
Previous caution or care; caution previously employed to prevent mischief or secure good; as, his life was saved by precaution.
* John Henry Newman
A measure taken beforehand to ward off evil or secure good or success; a precautionary act.
- The ancient philosophers treasured up their supposed discoveries with miserable precaution .
- to take precautions against risks of accident
(transitive): To warn or caution beforehand. --.
(rare): To take precaution against. --.