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1. Likely or expected to happen.
2. Likely to become or be: prospective clients.

pro·spec′tive·ly adv.
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in my desk, then here I prospectively ascribe all the honor and the glory to whaling; for a whale-ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.
She and Jane would have been altogether cheered (in a tearful manner) by this sign that a brother who disliked seeing them while he was living had been prospectively fond of their presence when he should have become a testator, if the sign had not been made equivocal by being extended to Mrs.
.then here I prospectively ascribe all the honour and the glory to whaling; for a whale-ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.'
When I had taken this commission on myself prospectively, Mr.
I could see he grudged prospectively every single shilling which must be spent so absurd ly.
But so far he had only dared to conceive the plan and fit it prospectively to the administrative skeleton; all of which counted for nothing,--he must gain the ear of a minister capable of appreciating his ideas.
He said what the High Court did was only to determine if the law should be applied prospectively or retroactively.
Sources say one proposal will include reversing some of the waivers the administration has granted to refineries, while another option is to redistribute the waived volumes prospectively beginning in next year's annual biofuel mandate.
The industry is optimistic regarding the GIDC settlement as agreed by Asad Umer in January this year to reduce the rates by 50% since inception and prospectively as well.
Dr Simon and her team prospectively followed 68,449 women from the Nurses' Health Study and 48,748 men from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, without known liver disease at baseline.
While discussing the present status of Gas Infrastructure Development Cess (GIDC), the Committee was informed that the Federal Cabinet has directed that Reduction in cess rate prospectively will be allowed to those consumers/sectors who will undertake to pay the balance 50 percent arrears, option of non-cash settlement for GST, subsidy or DLT claims will be given as well.
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