Definition of prospective adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//prəˈspektɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈspektɪv//
    [usually before noun]
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  1. 1expected to do something or to become something synonym potential a prospective buyer
  2. 2expected to happen soon synonym forthcoming They are worried about prospective changes in the law.
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘looking forward, having foresight’): from obsolete French prospectif, -ive or late Latin prospectivus, from Latin prospectus ‘view’, from prospicere ‘look forward’, from pro- ‘forward’ + specere ‘to look’.Extra examples I had a phone call from a prospective client today. On learning of a prospective sale, the lawyer should call the client as soon as possible. a prospective buyer/​client/​customer/​applicant/​candidate/​employee/​employer/​husband/​wife/​parent
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