noun, plural prospectuses.
a document describing the major features of a proposed literary work, project, business venture, etc., in enough detail so that prospective investors, participants, or buyers may evaluate it: Don't buy the new stock offering until you read the prospectus carefully.
a brochure or other document describing the major features, attractions, or services of a place, institution, or business to prospective patrons, clients, owners, or members.

1770–80; < Latin prōspectus outlook, view, equivalent to prōspec-, stem of prōspicere (prō- pro-1 + -spicere, combining form of specere to look) + -tus suffix of v. action Unabridged
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prospectus (prəˈspɛktəs)
n , pl -tuses
1.  a formal statement giving details of a forthcoming event, such as the publication of a book or an issue of shares
2.  a pamphlet or brochure giving details of courses, as at a college or school
[C18: Latin, literally: distant view; see prospect]

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Word Origin & History

1765, from Fr. prospectus (1723), from L. prospectus "view, outlook" (see prospect).
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Example sentences
He sold one collection two or three years ago, and his prospectus says that the
  present gallery was reserved from that sale.
Yelp is expected to file its prospectus by the end of this year.
One of the surprises in the initial prospectus is how small and profitable this
  business is said to be.
Keep your prospectus open enough to allow you to modify your dissertation
  without rocking too many boats.
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