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[pruh-spek-tuh s] /prəˈspɛk təs/
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.
Origin of prospectus
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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  • 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.
  • They will not be afforded the protection of being able to rely on the prospectus.
  • Generally, investors got into this private, no-prospectus game through a trusted family friend.
  • In its stock prospectus, the company said it expected its revenue growth rate to continue to decline.
  • It's imperative when you buy shares of preferred stock to check the prospectus to see if there is a call provision.
British Dictionary definitions for prospectus


noun (pl) -tuses
a formal statement giving details of a forthcoming event, such as the publication of a book or an issue of shares
a pamphlet or brochure giving details of courses, as at a college or school
Word Origin
C18: Latin, literally: distant view; see prospect
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Word Origin and History for prospectus

1765, from French prospectus (1723) and directly from Latin prospectus "view" (see prospect (n.)).

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