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prospective

[pruh-spek-tiv] /prəˈspɛk tɪv/
adjective
1.
of or in the future:
prospective earnings.
2.
potential, likely, or expected:
a prospective partner.
Origin of prospective
1580-1590
From the Late Latin word prōspectīvus, dating back to 1580-90. See prospectus, -ive
Related forms
prospectively, adverb
prospectiveness, noun
Can be confused
perspective, prospective.
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  • prospective happiness is perhaps the only real happiness in the world.

    Pearls of Thought Maturin M. Ballou
  • prospective Employer: I suppose you have some experience of live stock?

  • I have not yet come across his Drunkard's prospective , but it should be agreeable.

  • prospective admirers should not study too closely his political career.

    Idling in Italy Joseph Collins
  • Dr. Martineau was, at that time, one of the editors of the prospective Review.

    Harriet Martineau Florence Fenwick Miller
British Dictionary definitions for prospective

prospective

/prəˈspɛktɪv/
adjective
1.
looking towards the future
2.
(prenominal) anticipated or likely
Derived Forms
prospectively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for prospective
adj.

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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