prospective

[ pruh-spek-tiv ]
/ prəˈspɛk tɪv /

adjective

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

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Origin of prospective

From the Late Latin word prōspectīvus, dating back to 1580–90. See prospectus, -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM prospective

pro·spec·tive·ly, adverbpro·spec·tive·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH prospective

perspective, prospective
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Example sentences from the Web for prospective

  • Prospectively, he saw him a merchant prince, surrounded by palatial splendors.

    The Allen House|T. S. Arthur

British Dictionary definitions for prospective

prospective
/ (prəˈspɛktɪv) /

adjective

looking towards the future
(prenominal) anticipated or likely

Derived forms of prospective

prospectively, adverb
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