prospective

adjective
pro·spec·tive | \ prə-ˈspek-tiv also ˈprä-ˌspek- , prō-ˈspek- , prä-ˈspek- \

Definition of prospective 

1 : relating to or effective in the future

2a : likely to come about : expected the prospective benefits of this law

b : likely to be or become a prospective mother

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Other words from prospective

prospectively adverb

Examples of prospective in a Sentence

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 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 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
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Chelsea have been unable to make any new signings as a result, with several prospective targets reportedly put off a move by the lack of any managerial direction. SI.com, "Real Madrid Set to 'Formalise Interest' in Chelsea Superstar Eden Hazard With £150m Bid," 13 July 2018 Defense lawyers insisted throughout the monthlong trial that the developers were given no advantages in the selection process for the Buffalo Billion project and that other prospective developers had every opportunity to win the jobs. Fox News, "Jury convicts key players in corruption case linked to Cuomo's 'Buffalo Billion' program," 12 July 2018 Three other prospective candidates for state Congress stepped aside because of threats. New York Times, "Criminal Groups Seek to Decide Outcome in Many Mexican Races," 1 July 2018 Once again, the president will draw this time from a list of 25 prospective candidates that was first established during the campaign and updated last fall, with advice from Leo and other conservatives. CBS News, "Supreme Court nomination, confirmation process likely to mimic Gorsuch playbook," 29 June 2018 After reviewing the applications, the board may invite the prospective candidates for personal interviews to be conducted during duly scheduled closed meetings. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "District 113 board does about-face on closed interviews for board vacancy," 15 June 2018 In less than a year Turning Pointe has taken off, with a little more than 100 students enrolled and a half-dozen phone calls or emails from prospective students each week. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Ballerinas make a career of dance at their own studio," 29 May 2018 Lazio lost the game 3-2 and in turn saw their Champions League spot slip away to Inter, with some Lazio fans believing that de Vrij wasn't playing to his full ability against his prospective employers. SI.com, "Dutch Star Stefan de Vrij Confirms He Has Signed 5-Year Deal With Inter," 28 May 2018 The new policy was recommended by a task force that Ray convened last year to review OSU's admission and attendance policies for prospective students with prior criminal histories. Danny Moran, OregonLive.com, "Oregon State University enacts policy requiring self-reporting of past felony convictions, sex offender registration," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of prospective

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prospective

see prospect entry 1

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The first known use of prospective was in 1788

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prospective

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of prospective

: likely to be or become something specified in the future

: likely to happen

prospective

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

Kids Definition of prospective

1 : likely to become a prospective buyer

2 : likely to come about prospective benefits

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

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prospectively \-lē \ adverb

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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

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prospectively adverb

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