- of or in the future: prospective earnings.
- potential, likely, or expected: a prospective partner.
Origin of prospective
Examples from the Web for prospectively
Prospectively, he saw him a merchant prince, surrounded by palatial splendors.The Allen House
T. S. Arthur
- looking towards the future
- (prenominal) anticipated or likely
Word Origin and History for prospectively
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.