Proactive vs Preventive - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between proactive and preventive
is that proactive
is acting in advance to deal with an expected change or difficulty while preventive
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
Preventing, hindering, or acting as an obstacle to.
Carried out to deter military aggression.
Slowing the development of an illness; prophylactic.
* Sir Thomas Browne
(obsolete) Going before; preceding.
- Physic is either curative or preventive .
- Any previous counsel or preventive understanding.
(dated) A thing that prevents, hinders, or acts as an obstacle to.
* 1856 , Henry William Herbert, The Complete Manual for Young Sportsmen
(nonstandard) A thing that slows the development of an illness.
A contraceptive, especially a condom.
- Dogs should be warmly but airily housed; heartily, but not heatingly, fed — old Indian meal, mixed with oatmeal, suppawn, is the best general food, with a small quantity of salt, which is a preventive against worms
* Many speakers prefer to use preventive'' in adjective senses and ''preventative in noun senses.[http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/nonerrors.htmlpreventive]