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Related to prospective: prospective buyer, prospective client, prospective customer

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 ?
John always said what was his was hers, but would he think it right to spend not only the prospective five-and-twenty, but another five-and-twenty out of the household fund?
The two chums were in the Swift home, talking over the prospective trip, when Mrs.
So far as the prospective territory was concerned, he unquestionably died too soon.
This person proved, on her presenting herself, for judgment, at a house in Harley Street, that impressed her as vast and imposing--this prospective patron proved a gentleman, a bachelor in the prime of life, such a figure as had never risen, save in a dream or an old novel, before a fluttered, anxious girl out of a Hampshire vicarage.
And he did "tackle it again" -- and under the double pressure of curiosity and prospective gain he did it with such spirit that he accomplished a shining success.
I followed with lagging step, and thoughts busily bent on discovering a means of extrication; but he himself looked so composed and so grave also, I became ashamed of feeling any confusion: the evil--if evil existent or prospective there was--seemed to lie with me only; his mind was unconscious and quiet.
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.
Nevertheless, to an active mind like David's, ingenuity is not without its pleasures: it was rather an interesting occupation to become stealthily acquainted with the wards of his mother's simple key (not in the least like Chubb's patent), and to get one that would do its work equally well; and also to arrange a little drama by which he would escape suspicion, and run no risk of forfeiting the prospective hundred at his father's death, which would be convenient in the improbable case of his NOT making a large fortune in the "Indies.
For it is at such periods that the sense of our lives having visible and invisible relations, beyond any of which either our present or prospective self is the centre, grows like a muscle that we are obliged to lean on and exert.
No, because I don't take an 'intellectual pleasure' in her prospective adventures.
I called,' said Master Bean, shelving the trivial subject of the prospective vigil, 'in the hope that I might persuade you, sir, to reconsider your decision in regard to my dismissal.