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Definitions for prospective
prəˈspɛk tɪvprospec·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prospectiveadjective

    of or concerned with or related to the future

    "prospective earnings"; "a prospective mother"; "a prospective bride"; "the statute is solely prospective in operation"


  1. prospectiveadjective

    Likely or expected to happen or become.

    Prospective students are those who have already applied to the University, but have yet to be admitted.

  2. prospectiveadjective

    Anticipated in the near or far future.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Prospectiveadjective

    Etymology: from prospect.

    The French king and king of Sweden are circumspect, industrious and prospective too in this affair. Josiah Child.


  1. prospective

    Prospective generally refers to the possibility or likelihood of something to happen in the future. It can also signify something that is expected or anticipated to become, such as a prospective buyer, prospect employee, or prospective event.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prospectivenoun

    of or pertaining to a prospect; furnishing a prospect; perspective

  2. Prospectivenoun

    looking forward in time; acting with foresight; -- opposed to retrospective

  3. Prospectivenoun

    being within view or consideration, as a future event or contingency; relating to the future: expected; as, a prospective benefit

  4. Prospectivenoun

    the scene before or around, in time or in space; view; prospect

  5. Prospectivenoun

    a perspective glass

  6. Etymology: [L. prospectivus: cf. F. prospectif. See Prospect, n.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. prospective

    An old term for a deck or hand telescope, with a terrestrial eye-piece. (See SPY-GLASS.)

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British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prospective' in Adjectives Frequency: #840

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prospective in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prospective in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of prospective in a Sentence

  1. Joel Kan:

    Investors are contemplating the risks of the recent resurgence of Covid-19 cases to the labor market and economy, and Treasury rates and mortgage rates are moving lower as a result, the weakening in activity is potentially a signal that pent-up demand is starting to wane and that low housing supply is limiting prospective buyers' options.

  2. Anggoro Eko Cahyo:

    We will proactively approach individuals, be they our existing customers or prospective customers.

  3. Lynda Sheridan:

    As far as the strength of Terrill's lawsuit against Gawker, the action of libel, appears to be pled more factually specific, however, the remaining two causes of action -- Breach of Confidence and Intentional Interference with Prospective Economic Advantage -- appear more challenging.

  4. Daniel Wallach:

    The list of prospective plaintiffs could be rather long.

  5. Harold Macmillan:

    A Foreign Secretaryand this applies also to a prospective Foreign Secretaryis always faced with this cruel dilemma. Nothing he can say can do very much good, and almost anything he may say may do a great deal of harm. Anything he says that is not obvious is dangerous; whatever is not trite is risky. He is forever poised between the cliche and the indiscretion.

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