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pro·spec·tive

 (prə-spĕk′tĭv)
adj.
1. Likely or expected to happen.
2. Likely to become or be: prospective clients.

pro·spec′tive·ly adv.

prospective

(prəˈspɛktɪv)
adj
1. looking towards the future
2. (prenominal) anticipated or likely
proˈspectively adv

pro•spec•tive

(prəˈspɛk tɪv)

adj.
1. of or in the future.
2. potential, likely, or expected.
[1580–90; < Late Latin prōspectīvus. See prospectus, -ive]
pro•spec′tive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.prospective - of or concerned with or related to the future; "prospective earnings"; "a prospective mother"; "a prospective bride"; "the statute is solely prospective in operation"
future - yet to be or coming; "some future historian will evaluate him"
retrospective - concerned with or related to the past; "retrospective self-justification"

prospective

adjective
1. potential, possible, to come, about to be, upcoming, soon-to-be The story is a warning to other prospective buyers.
2. expected, coming, future, approaching, likely, looked-for, intended, awaited, hoped-for, anticipated, forthcoming, imminent, destined, eventual, on the cards The terms of the prospective deal are spelled out clearly.

prospective

adjective
Based on probability or presumption:
Idiom: taken for granted.
Translations

prospective

[prəsˈpektɪv] ADJ
1. (= likely, possible) [customer, candidate] → posible
2. (= future) [son-in-law, home, legislation] → futuro; [heir] → presunto

prospective

[prəˈspɛktɪv] adj
(= possible) → potentiel(le)
(= future) → futur(e) before n

prospective

adj attr (= likely to happen) journey, returnvoraussichtlich; (= future) son-in-law, ownerzukünftig; buyerinteressiert; prospective candidateKandidat(in) m(f); all the prospective casesalle infrage or in Frage kommenden Fälle; prospective earningsvoraussichtliche Einkünfte pl

prospective

[prəsˈpɛktɪv] adj (buyer) → probabile; (legislation, son-in-law) → futuro/a
References in classic literature ?
He proceeded to give his prospective son-in-law a detailed lecture concerning the mismanagement of the field hospitals at the front, and having disposed of that subject, he opened a broadside attack upon the Admiralty.
The title suggests all kinds of mysteries; a glance at the chapter-headings quickly confirms the suspicions already aroused, and the sub-title: "A Book for All and None", generally succeeds in dissipating the last doubts the prospective purchaser may entertain concerning his fitness for the book or its fitness for him.
In the matter of wills, personal qualities were subordinate to the great fundamental fact of blood; and to be determined in the distribution of your property by caprice, and not make your legacies bear a direct ratio to degrees of kinship, was a prospective disgrace that would have embittered her life.
Collins staged the trick properly, as it would be staged in the theatre, even had ready and set up all the necessary apparatus, and himself acted as ringmaster while the prospective purchaser looked on.
With some endowment of stupidity and conceit, she might have thought that a Christian young lady of fortune should find her ideal of life in village charities, patronage of the humbler clergy, the perusal of "Female Scripture Characters," unfolding the private experience of Sara under the Old Dispensation, and Dorcas under the New, and the care of her soul over her embroidery in her own boudoir--with a background of prospective marriage to a man who, if less strict than herself, as being involved in affairs religiously inexplicable, might be prayed for and seasonably exhorted.
The two chums were in the Swift home, talking over the prospective trip, when Mrs.
Yes, Nell,' he added, when they had departed, 'my son is prospective owner of your place, and I should not wish him to die till I was certain of being his successor.
Alexander the Sixth, in wishing to aggrandize the duke, his son, had many immediate and prospective difficulties.
I had imagined it to refer to a mental, not a physical, defect; whereas it was clear to me now that my prospective landlord was stone-deaf, and I presently discovered him to be dumb as well.
On Friday the Rostovs were to return to the country, but on Wednesday the count went with the prospective purchaser to his estate near Moscow.
A week later John took me to the house of his prospective father-in- law, and in Miss Margovan, as you have already surmised, but to my profound astonishment, I recognized the heroine of that discreditable adventure.
He saw Madame de Cintre every day, and never saw either old Madame de Bellegarde or the elder of his prospective brothers-in-law.