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 formspro·spec·tive·ly, adverbpro·spec·tive·ness, noun
Can be confusedperspective prospective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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looking towards the future
(prenominal) anticipated or likely
Derived Formsprospectively, 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.

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