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[pruh-spek-tuh s]
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noun, plural pro·spec·tus·es.
  1. a document describing the major features of a proposed literary work, project, business venture, etc., in enough detail so that prospective investors, participants, or buyers may evaluate it: Don't buy the new stock offering until you read the prospectus carefully.
  2. a brochure or other document describing the major features, attractions, or services of a place, institution, or business to prospective patrons, clients, owners, or members.
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Origin of prospectus

1770–80; < Latin prōspectus outlook, view, equivalent to prōspec-, stem of prōspicere (prō- pro-1 + -spicere, combining form of specere to look) + -tus suffix of v. action
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Historical Examples

  • Prospectus and References can be had on application to the Principal.

    Notes and Queries, Number 187, May 28, 1853


  • But that was before they had seen the Agent and the Prospectus.

    The Combined Maze

    May Sinclair

  • And he gave Ranny a copy of the Prospectus with a beautiful picture of the house on it.

    The Combined Maze

    May Sinclair

  • The Prospectus alluded to at page xi., was after the following form.

  • Preface to the Prospectus and quoted in the preface to the "Gallery."

British Dictionary definitions for prospectus


noun plural -tuses
  1. a formal statement giving details of a forthcoming event, such as the publication of a book or an issue of shares
  2. a pamphlet or brochure giving details of courses, as at a college or school
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Word Origin

C18: Latin, literally: distant view; see prospect
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Word Origin and History for prospectus


1765, from French prospectus (1723) and directly from Latin prospectus "view" (see prospect (n.)).

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