prospective

adjective pro·spec·tive \ prə-ˈspek-tiv also ˈprä-ˌspek- , prō-ˈspek- , prä-ˈspek- \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

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

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 WolffSports Illustrated28 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 KleinTime21 Aug. 2006
  3. All of these arguments were prospective, all anticipated the role that public opinion would play in future constitutional disputes. —Jack N. RakoveOriginal Meanings … 1996

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Origin and Etymology of prospective


PROSPECTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

prospective

adjective

Definition of prospective for English Language Learners

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

  • : likely to happen


PROSPECTIVE Defined for Kids

prospective

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

Definition of prospective for Students

1 : likely to become
  • a prospective buyer
2 : likely to come about
  • prospective benefits

Medical Dictionary

prospective

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

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

prospectively

play \-lē\ adverb

Law Dictionary

prospective

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

legal Definition of prospective

1 : relating to or effective in the future
  • a statute's prospective effect
2 : likely to come about : expected to happen
  • prospective inability to perform the contract
3 : likely to be or become
  • a prospective buyer

prospectively

adverb


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