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prospectus Syllabification: pro·spec·tus
Pronunciation: /prəˈspektəs/

Definition of prospectus in English:

noun (plural prospectuses)

A printed document that advertises or describes a school, commercial enterprise, forthcoming book, etc., in order to attract or inform clients, members, buyers, or investors.
Example sentences
  • After finding a vacancy in your chosen subject area, read the university/college prospectus.
  • Northern Ireland was the first to scrap league tables, in 2001, instead requiring schools to publish their own annual results in prospectuses for parents to read.
  • Many university prospectuses talk about ‘access’ to courses by disabled students, but the encouragement needs to start earlier.
brochure, pamphlet, description, particulars, announcement, advertisement;
syllabus, curriculum, catalog, program, list, fact sheet, scheme, schedule


Mid 18th century: from Latin, literally 'view, prospect', from the verb prospicere, from pro- 'forward' + specere 'to look'.

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