( adj.) Being in a state of inaction. Used typically by people who think of themselves as "businesspeople" to project the illusion that they are doing something important and useful, when in fact they are playing Minesweeper. Plays on the common misperception that the prefix pro- means something like "forceful" or "superlative", instead of being the Latin word for "for". Compare pronoun, a word that takes the place of a noun.
The word proactive was originally coined by the psychiatrist Victor Frankl in his book Man's Search for Meaning to describe a person who took responsibility for his or her life, rather than looking for causes in outside circumstances or other people. Much of this theory was formed in Nazi concentration camps where Frankl lost his wife, mother, father and family, but decided that even under the worst circumstances, people can make and find meaning.