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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Likely or expected to happen.
  • adj. Likely to become or be: prospective clients.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Likely or expected to happen or become.
  • adj. Anticipated in the near or far future.
  • n. The scene before or around, in time or in space; view; prospect.
  • n. A perspective glass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a prospect; furnishing a prospect; perspective.
  • adj. Looking forward in time; acting with foresight; -- opposed to retrospective.
  • adj. Being within view or consideration, as a future event or contingency; relating to the future: expected.
  • n. The scene before or around, in time or in space; view; prospect.
  • n. A perspective glass.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Suitable for viewing at a distance; perspective.
  • Looking forward in time; characterized by foresight; of things, having reference to the future.
  • Being in prospect or expectation; looked forward to; expected: as, prospective advantages; a prospective appointment.
  • n. Outlook; prospect; view.
  • n. The future scene of action.
  • n. A perspective glass; a telescope.
  • n. A lookout; a watch.
  • n. In heraldry, perspective: as, a pavement paly barry in prospective.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or concerned with or related to the future

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