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prospective Line breaks: pro¦spect|ive
Pronunciation: /prəˈspɛktɪv/

Definition of prospective in English:


1Expected or expecting to be the specified thing in the future: she showed a prospective buyer around the house
More example sentences
  • You are expected to ask the prospective candidates a technical question to judge their ability.
  • In 1913, when it lay empty, two sisters visited to pose as prospective buyers.
  • But it provided a conversation piece when the estate agent and prospective buyers came round.
1.1Likely to happen at a future date: a meeting to discuss prospective changes in government legislation
More example sentences
  • Clearly, the legislation is prospective, and in future that will be quite possible.
  • Our study was designed as a prospective, randomised, double blind, placebo controlled trial.
  • Although prospective in design these studies have methodological flaws.
potential, possible, probable, likely, future, eventual, -to-be, soon-to-be, in the making, destined, intended;
intending, aspiring, would-be;
forthcoming, approaching, coming, imminent;
presumptive, designate


Pronunciation: /prəˈspɛktɪvli/
Example sentences
  • These exemptions will cease prospectively from September 1, 2004.
  • Take away the bragging rights, and all you've got left is wretched traffic jams, booked-up hotels, and a prospectively unpaid bill for a stadium you didn't want.
  • And it must affect investors prospectively, not retrospectively.


Late 16th century (in the sense 'looking forward, having foresight'): from obsolete French prospectif, -ive or late Latin prospectivus, from Latin prospectus 'view' (see prospect).

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