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prospective

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adjective pro·spec·tive \prə-ˈspek-tiv also ˈprä-ˌ, prō-ˈ, prä-ˈ\

Simple Definition of prospective

  • : likely to be or become something specified in the future

  • : likely to happen

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prospective

  1. 1 :  relating to or effective in the future

  2. 2 a :  likely to come about :  expected <the prospective benefits of this law> b :  likely to be or become <a prospective mother>

prospectively

adverb

Examples of prospective in a sentence

  1. In 2005 [Jerry] Colangelo arranged face-to-face sit-downs with every prospective national team player, to hear in their own words why they wanted to represent their country. —Alexander Wolff, Sports Illustrated, 28 July 2008

  2. All too often in the post-Vietnam past—the first Gulf War, for example—the default position of the Democratic Party has been to assume that any prospective use of U.S. military power would be immoral. —Joe Klein, Time, 21 Aug. 2006

  3. All of these arguments were prospective, all anticipated the role that public opinion would play in future constitutional disputes. —Jack N. Rakove, Original Meanings …, 1996



Origin and Etymology of prospective

(see 1prospect)


First Known Use: circa 1699


PROSPECTIVE Defined for Kids

prospective

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adjective pro·spec·tive \prə-ˈspek-tiv, ˈprä-ˌspek-\

Definition of prospective for Students

  1. 1 :  likely to become <a prospective buyer>

  2. 2 :  likely to come about <prospective benefits>




Medical Dictionary

prospective

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adjective pro·spec·tive \prə-ˈspek-tiv\

Medical Definition of prospective

  1. :  relating to or being a study (as of the incidence of disease) that starts with the present condition of a population of individuals and follows them into the future—compare retrospective

prospectively

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Law Dictionary

prospective

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adjective pro·spec·tive \prə-ˈspek-tiv, ˈprä-ˌspek-\

Legal Definition of prospective

  1. 1 :  relating to or effective in the future <a statute's prospective effect>

  2. 2 :  likely to come about :  expected to happen <prospective inability to perform the contract>

  3. 3 :  likely to be or become <a prospective buyer>

prospectively

adverb



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