prospectus

[ pruh-spek-tuhs ]
/ prəˈspɛk təs /

noun, plural pro·spec·tus·es.

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.
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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British Dictionary definitions for prospectus

prospectus
/ (prəˈspɛktəs) /

noun plural -tuses

a formal statement giving details of a forthcoming event, such as the publication of a book or an issue of shares
a pamphlet or brochure giving details of courses, as at a college or school

Word Origin for prospectus

C18: Latin, literally: distant view; see prospect
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