[[t]prəspe̱ktɪv, AM prɑː-[/t]]
1) ADJ: ADJ n You use prospective to describe someone who wants to be the thing mentioned or who is likely to be the thing mentioned.

The story should act as a warning to other prospective buyers...

When his prospective employers learned that he smoked, they said they wouldn't hire him.

2) ADJ: ADJ n You use prospective to describe something that is likely to happen soon.

The terms of the prospective deal are most clearly spelt out in the Financial Times.


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  • prospective — [ prɔspɛktiv ] n. f. • 1957; « optique » XVIe; de prospectif ♦ Ensemble de recherches concernant l évolution future de l humanité et permettant de dégager des éléments de prévision. ⇒ futurologie; anticipation. Études de prospective (⇒… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • prospective — pro·spec·tive /prə spek tiv, prä ˌspek / adj 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 …   Law dictionary

  • prospective — pro‧spec‧tive [prəˈspektɪv] adjective [only before a noun] 1. likely to do a particular thing or achieve a particular position: • I m meeting a prospective buyer for the house today. • All prospective employees are required to undergo a medical… …   Financial and business terms

  • Prospective — Pro*spec tive, a. [L. prospectivus: cf. F. prospectif. See {Prospect}, n.] 1. Of or pertaining to a prospect; furnishing a prospect; perspective. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Time s long and dark prospective glass. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Looking… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prospective — Pro*spec tive, n. 1. The scene before or around, in time or in space; view; prospect. Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster] 2. A perspective glass. [Obs.] Chaucer. Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prospective — 1580s, from obsolete Fr. prospectif, from M.L. prospectivus, from L. prospect , pp. stem of prospicere (see PROSPECT (Cf. prospect) (n.)). In 17c. also as a noun, spy glass, telescope. Related: Prospectively …   Etymology dictionary

  • prospective — [adj] anticipated, potential about to be, approaching, awaited, coming, considered, destined, eventual, expected, forthcoming, future, hoped for, imminent, impending, intended, likely, looked for, planned, possible, promised, proposed, soon to be …   New thesaurus

  • prospective — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ expected or likely to happen or be in the future. DERIVATIVES prospectively adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • prospective — [prə spek′tiv, präspek′tiv, prōspek′tiv] adj. [LL prospectivus < prospectus: see PROSPECT] 1. looking toward the future 2. expected; likely; future prospectively adv …   English World dictionary

  • Prospective — Sur les autres projets Wikimedia : « prospective », sur le Wiktionnaire (dictionnaire universel) La prospective est la démarche qui vise, dans une perspective à la fois déterministe et holistique, à se préparer aujourd hui à demain …   Wikipédia en Français

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