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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Purdue Assistant Legal Counsel Trent Klingerman said Thursday that an employee with Purdue's Division of Financial Aid inadvertently sent one prospective student's parent a list of data on the applicants on May 17. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Indiana collected less corporate taxes in fiscal year 2018," 13 July 2018 Brown University this week became the latest school to stop requiring prospective students to take SAT and ACT essay tests, joining a burgeoning list of selective colleges and universities that have eliminated the requirement this year. Debbie Truong, Washington Post, "Brown University becomes latest college to drop SAT, ACT essay for applicants," 12 July 2018 The University of Wyoming hired a market-research firm to test its persuasiveness with prospective students. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Higher Ed Needs More Cowboys," 12 July 2018 Washington called college tours a must for prospective students. Jennifer Fenn Lefferts, BostonGlobe.com, "Summer’s a time to test campuses, too," 5 July 2018 In a statement, Dream Center said this decision will redirect prospective students to another Art Institute campus or to its online offerings. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "18 Art Institutes, including Michigan's, aren't enrolling new students," 5 July 2018 Because of the political climate here, interest in coming to the US decreased for one-third of 2,104 prospective international students surveyed in February 2017. Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, The Christian Science Monitor, "International students to US: Do you really want us?," 2 July 2018 Before the driving ban goes away Sunday, private driving schools in the kingdom report a surge of prospective female students, while women-only universities such as Effat in Jeddah offered drivers ed. Jacob Wirtschafter And Diana Rifai, USA TODAY, "Women in Saudi Arabia gear up to legally drive for first time this Sunday," 22 June 2018 Parents of prospective students converged on Lake Oconee Academy for an open house on a bright but unseasonably cold March afternoon for northern Georgia. Emmanuel Felton, NBC News, "'It's like a black and white thing': How some elite charter schools exclude minorities," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of prospective

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prospective

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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

Other Words from prospective

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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