Active vs. Proactive

By Jaxson

  • Active (adjective)

    Having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; acting;—opposed to passive, that receives.

    “certain active principles”

    “the active powers of the mind”



  • Active (adjective)

    Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble.

    “an active child or animal”



  • Active (adjective)

    In action; actually proceeding; working; in force

    “active laws”

    “active hostilities”

    “in action|working|in force”


  • Active (adjective)

    Given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic; diligent; busy

    “an active man of business”

    “active mind”

    “active zeal”


  • Active (adjective)

    Requiring or implying action or exertion

    “active employment or service”

    “active scenes”



  • Active (adjective)

    Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative

    “an active rather than a speculative statesman”


  • Active (adjective)

    Brisk; lively.

    “an active demand for corn”

  • Active (adjective)

    Implying or producing rapid action.

    “an active disease”

    “an active remedy”

  • Active (adjective)

    About verbs.

  • Active (adjective)

    Being an active volcano. Compare extinct and dormant

  • Active (adjective)

    Applied to a form of the verb; — opposed to passive. See active voice.

  • Active (adjective)

    Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive.

  • Active (adjective)

    Capable of being processed by a compiler or interpreter.

  • Active (noun)

    A person or thing that is acting or capable of acting.

  • Proactive (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.”

  • Active (adjective)

    engaging or ready to engage in physically energetic pursuits

    “although he was seventy he was still robust and active”

  • Active (adjective)

    moving or tending to move about vigorously or frequently

    “I couldn’t feel the baby moving, and it was normally very active”

  • Active (adjective)

    pursuing an occupation or activity at a particular place or in a particular way

    “sexually active teenagers”

    “a politically active student body”

    “tigers are active mainly at night”

    “the artist was active in the 1920s”

  • Active (adjective)

    participating or engaged in a particular sphere or activity in a positive or spontaneous rather than a passive way

    “she was an active member of the society”

    “he enjoyed the active support of the government”

    “he had never been very active in the affairs of the institute”

  • Active (adjective)

    (of a thing) working; operative

    “the old watermill was active until 1960”

  • Active (adjective)

    (of an electric circuit) capable of modifying its state or characteristics automatically in response to input or feedback

    “the receiver is continuously active whenever the vehicle ignition is switched on”

  • Active (adjective)

    (of a volcano) that is erupting or has erupted in historical times

    “the volcano became active on 28 March last year”

    “Etna is Europe’s highest and most active volcano”

  • Active (adjective)

    (of a disease) in which the symptoms are manifest; not in remission or latent

    “active colitis”

  • Active (adjective)

    having a chemical or biological effect on something

    “active ingredients”

  • Active (adjective)

    denoting a voice of verbs in which the subject is typically the person or thing performing the action and which can take a direct object (e.g. she loved him as opposed to the passive form he was loved).

  • Active (noun)

    an active form of a verb.

  • Proactive (adjective)

    (of a person or action) creating or controlling a situation rather than just responding to it after it has happened

    “employers must take a proactive approach to equal pay”

Oxford Dictionary

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