- of or in the future: prospective earnings.
- potential, likely, or expected: a prospective partner.
Origin of prospective
Examples from the Web for prospective
Stacey Missmer, et al. “A Prospective Study of Dietary Fat Consumption and Endometriosis Risk.”
J.E. Chavarro, et al. “A Prospective Study of Dairy Foods Intake and Anovulatory Infertility.”
Noll, Jennie G., et al. “Obesity Risk for Female Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Prospective Study.”Will I Get Fat? 15 Signs You'll Gain Weight
November 10, 2011
Michael Leitzmann, et al. “A Prospective Study of Coffee Consumption and the Risk of Symptomatic Gallstone Disease in Men.”Can Coffee Save Your Life?
October 28, 2011
Prospective theme: The New Order in North Africa and the Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities.The Buzz of Davos
January 27, 2011
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?Jokes For All Occasions
I have not yet come across his Drunkard's Prospective , but it should be agreeable.Minor Poets of the Caroline Period, Vol III
Prospective admirers should not study too closely his political career.Idling in Italy
Dr. Martineau was, at that time, one of the editors of the Prospective Review.Harriet Martineau
Florence Fenwick Miller
- looking towards the future
- (prenominal) anticipated or likely
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.