prospective

[ pruh-spek-tiv ]
/ prəˈspɛk tɪv /

adjective

of or in the future: prospective earnings.
potential, likely, or expected: a prospective partner.

Nearby words

  1. prosopospasm,
  2. prosopyle,
  3. prospect,
  4. prospect heights,
  5. prospecting,
  6. prospectively,
  7. prospector,
  8. prospectus,
  9. prosper,
  10. prosperity

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

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British Dictionary definitions for prospective

prospective

/ (prəˈspɛktɪv) /

adjective

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

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Word Origin and History for prospective

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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