prospective

adjective
pro·​spec·​tive | \ prə-ˈspek-tiv How to pronounce prospective (audio) 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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Recent Examples on the Web Prior to making an appointment for the event, prospective students who have not yet applied for admission should complete an application and placement form online. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 24 Dec. 2020 Hanna also meets with prospective students and their families in their homes. Tatyana Turner, baltimoresun.com, "Small size, big impact: Baltimore nonprofit Next One Up wraps teen boys in supports and watches them fly," 23 Dec. 2020 Because of the coronavirus pandemic, many prospective students were unable to take standardized tests, participate in extracurricular activities or even attend classes in their school buildings. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Ivy League Colleges Report Dramatic Growth In Early-Admission Applicant Pools," 18 Dec. 2020 Training laboratory personnel is expensive, and there are few scholarship or loan programs available for prospective students. Popular Science, "COVID-19 testing scientists are the unsung heroes of the pandemic," 16 Dec. 2020 Training laboratory personnel is expensive, and there are few scholarship or loan programs available for prospective students. Rodney E. Rohde, The Conversation, "Who is doing all those COVID-19 tests? Why you should care about medical laboratory professionals," 14 Dec. 2020 Current Crusaders will guide prospective students and families around the campus. Staff Report, NOLA.com, "Benjamin Franklin High School gets litter cleanup and waste reduction grant, and other metro-area school news," 2 Dec. 2020 During the event, prospective students will complete their enrollment steps virtually and sign up for classes that start Jan. 19. Post-tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Community news," 20 Nov. 2020 Interviewing can be a stressful experience, but being prepared, practicing, and knowing how your strengths and experiences relate to your prospective employer’s needs, can reduce anxiety and improve the success of your search. Dear Sam | Expert Resume, cleveland, "How to execute talking about your ‘weaknesses’ at a job interview," 13 Nov. 2020

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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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12 Jan 2021

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“Prospective.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prospective. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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prospective

adjective
How to pronounce prospective (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of prospective

: likely to be or become something specified in the future
formal : likely to happen

prospective

adjective
pro·​spec·​tive | \ prə-ˈspek-tiv How to pronounce prospective (audio) , 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 How to pronounce prospective (audio) \

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

Other Words from prospective

prospectively \ -​lē How to pronounce prospective (audio) \ adverb

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prospective

adjective
pro·​spec·​tive | \ prə-ˈspek-tiv, ˈprä-ˌspek- How to pronounce prospective (audio) \

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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