ex ante

[eks an-tee]
based on anticipated changes or activity in an economy (opposed to ex post ).

< Latin: literally, from (what might lie) ahead; according to (what lies) ahead

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Main Entry:  ex ante
Part of Speech:  phr
Definition:  expected before the event, based on predicted results; forecast
Etymology:  Latin 'before the event'
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Example sentences
There was certainly no bride shortage ex ante, but the dowry system exists.
Economists as a profession have ex ante overestimated the cost of virtually
  every piece of environmental regulation ever enacted.
The rule itself is secondary, but it must be determined ex ante and be reported.
Adverse selection adds incomplete ex ante information.
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