prospective


pro·spec·tive

adjective \prə-ˈspek-tiv also ˈprä-ˌ, prō-ˈ, prä-ˈ\

: likely to be or become something specified in the future

: likely to happen

Full Definition of PROSPECTIVE

1
:  relating to or effective in the future
2
a :  likely to come about :  expected <the prospective benefits of this law>
b :  likely to be or become <a prospective mother>
pro·spec·tive·ly adverb

Examples of PROSPECTIVE

  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

Origin of PROSPECTIVE

(see 1prospect)
First Known Use: circa 1699

pro·spec·tive

adjective \prə-ˈspek-tiv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PROSPECTIVE

: 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
pro·spec·tive·ly \-lē\ adverb

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