Definition of prospective in US English:



  • 1attributive (of a person) expected or expecting to be something particular in the future.

    ‘she showed a prospective buyer around the house’
    • ‘Be cautious: many busy prospective employers are turned off by unsolicited phone calls.’
    • ‘You are expected to ask the prospective candidates a technical question to judge their ability.’
    • ‘Bobbie and I are off to see our first prospective client.’
    • ‘I came home while one prospective buyer was still here and it hurt to watch her judge our house.’
    • ‘The council holds regular information nights when prospective foster carers can find out more about what it entails.’
    • ‘But it provided a conversation piece when the estate agent and prospective buyers came round.’
    • ‘In 1913, when it lay empty, two sisters visited to pose as prospective buyers.’
    • ‘The instructor also saw them, and registered them as prospective students.’
    • ‘The ban is more of a political gimmick to create an electoral agenda by prospective candidates.’
    • ‘He said the trust interviews all prospective candidates who apply to live at the almshouses.’
    • ‘Two kidney conditions that prospective buyers should be aware of are renal dysplasia and hereditary nephritis.’
    • ‘Apparently it's riddled with asbestos and so dilapidated that prospective buyers are warned not to venture inside.’
    • ‘Most prospective customers have long-term contracts with other suppliers and have to pay substantial fees to remove their boxes.’
    • ‘Contractually, there was a summer window where prospective employers could approach him.’
    • ‘One agency suggested that prospective adopters join Adoption U.K. for support and information.’
    • ‘Two prospective parliamentary candidates had added their voices to the debate.’
    • ‘But it is not only prospective customers who are tapping these sites.’
    • ‘The prospective employer should contact the state board of nursing for issues previously reported.’
    • ‘Stylishly and simply decorated, this is a walk-in option for a prospective purchaser.’
    • ‘Would it be normal or standard for most prospective tenants, when they put their names forward to be checked?’
    destined, intended, planned, to be, expected, anticipated
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    1. 1.1 Likely to happen at a future date; concerned with or applying to the future.
      ‘a meeting to discuss prospective changes in government legislation’
      • ‘Of the three remaining, two used prospective cohort designs and the other a retrospective cohort design.’
      • ‘So hold tight and expect prospective track listings in a week or two!’
      • ‘One of the major risks for introduction of bias is when prospective recruitment is needed.’
      • ‘One prospective study in the literature adds support to the hypothesis that discrimination affects psychological health.’
      • ‘The studies were both retrospective and prospective in nature.’
      • ‘They also provide the first prospective evidence that sleep-disordered breathing precedes stroke and may contribute to the development of stroke.’
      • ‘Most prospective cohort studies and randomised controlled trials today include only individuals who are followed to observe outcomes.’
      • ‘Well one of the approaches that we're doing now is trying to do prospective mapping.’
      • ‘Although prospective in design these studies have methodological flaws.’
      • ‘Most have been retrospective studies, with only one prospective study, and all were hospital based.’
      • ‘Our study was designed as a prospective, randomised, double blind, placebo controlled trial.’
      • ‘Clearly, the legislation is prospective, and in future that will be quite possible.’
      potential, possible, probable, likely, future, eventual, -to-be, soon-to-be, in the making, destined, intended
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Late 16th century (in the sense ‘looking forward, having foresight’): from obsolete French prospectif, -ive or late Latin prospectivus, from Latin prospectus ‘view’ (see prospect).