Proactive Vigilance

 

 

 

pro·ac·tive

 
–adjective
serving to prepare for, intervene in, or control an expected occurrence or situation, especially a negative or difficult one; anticipatory: proactive measures against crime.

Origin:
1930–35; pro-1 + active

—Can be confused:   proactive, reactionary, reactive.

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World English Dictionary
 
proactive (prəʊˈæktɪv)
— adj     
1.  tending to initiate change rather than reacting to events    
2.  psychol of or denoting a mental process that affects a subsequent process    
[C20: from pro- ² + ( re ) active ]   

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Word Origin & History

proactive
1933, in psychology (learning theory), from pro- + active. As an opposition to reactive , attested from 1971 (see react).

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vig·i·lance

  
–noun[vij-uh-luhns]
1. state or quality of being vigilant; watchfulness: Vigilance is required in the event of treachery.
2. Pathology . insomnia.

Origin:
1560–70; alteration ( -ance for -ancy) of obsolete vigilancy  < Latin vigilantia;  see vigilant, -ancy

—Synonyms
1.  alertness, attention, heedfulness, concern, care.

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vig·i·lant

 
 –adjective[vij-uh-luhnt]
1. keenly watchful to detect danger; wary: a vigilant sentry.
2. ever awake and alert; sleeplessly watchful.

Origin:
1470–80; < Latin vigilant-  (stem of vigilāns ), present participle of vigilāre  to be watchful. See vigil, -ant

—Can be confused:   vigilant, vigilante.

—Synonyms
2.  wide-awake, sleepless. See alert.

—Antonyms
1.  careless.

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