[ pruh-spek-tiv ]
/ prəˈspɛk tɪv /


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 forms

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

Can be confused

perspective prospective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prospectively

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

    The Allen House|T. S. Arthur

British Dictionary definitions for prospectively


/ (prəˈspɛktɪv) /


looking towards the future
(prenominal) anticipated or likely

Derived Forms

prospectively, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012