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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
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. Unabridged
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  • prospective lessees who had taken the trouble to inquire about the rental had learned that it was so high as to be prohibitive.

    Dope Sax Rohmer
  • prospective Employer: I suppose you have some experience of live stock?

  • prospective passengers and their friends moved about chatting, or saying good-bye.

    Through Scandinavia to Moscow William Seymour Edwards
  • prospective readers, running their eyes over a printed page, object to the solid block formation of the descriptive passage.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • prospective visitors who wish to see more than the exterior must make preliminary inquiries.

    Wanderings in Wessex Edric Holmes
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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