prospectuses

prospectus

[pruh-spek-tuhs]
noun, plural prospectuses.
1.
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.
2.
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:
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

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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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prospectus
1765, from Fr. prospectus (1723), from L. prospectus "view, outlook" (see prospect).
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