prospective [pr uh- spek-tiv] Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com of or in the future: prospective earnings. potential, likely, or expected: a prospective partner. Origin of prospective
dating back to
-ive Related forms pro·spec·tive·ly, adverb pro·spec·tive·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for prospectiveness looking towards the future (prenominal) anticipated or likely Derived Forms prospectively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for prospectiveness 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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