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 Originlate 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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