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[pruh-spek-tiv] /prəˈspɛk tɪv/
of or in the future:
prospective earnings.
potential, likely, or expected:
a prospective partner.
Origin of prospective
1580-90; < Late Latin prōspectīvus. See prospectus, -ive
Related forms
prospectively, adverb
prospectiveness, noun
Can be confused
perspective, prospective. Unabridged
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  • Twitter is going to sell a bill of goods to a prospective buyer, convince this big company of its potential value.
  • Notice to quit had already been served on them, when the employer decided to give in, frightened by the prospective loss of rent.
  • The meditator between the spiritual and the actual world should have a great prospective prudence.
  • The seaside location is inviting to prospective students.
  • Despite that fact, there is an abundance of helpful information in the book, both for tourists and for prospective residents.
  • Seeing the real thing makes the picture so much bigger and more in prospective of how things run.
  • The attractiveness of these exchanges is underscored by interest from prospective investors.
  • One answer is that the desire to set aside money may be so strong that savers do not require high prospective returns.
  • Follow-up studies now in the planning stage are expected to use prospective as well as retrospective data.
  • Loans are a bit easier to come by for prospective homebuyers.
British Dictionary definitions for prospective


looking towards the future
(prenominal) anticipated or likely
Derived Forms
prospectively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for prospective

1580s, from obsolete French prospectif and directly from Medieval Latin prospectivus "affording a prospect; pertaining to a prospect," from Latin prospect-, past participle stem of prospicere (see prospect (n.)). In 17c. also as a noun, "spy glass, telescope." Related: Prospectively.

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