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

  • n. A formal summary of a proposed venture or project.
  • n. A document describing the chief features of something, such as a business, an educational program, or especially a stock offering or mutual fund, for prospective buyers, investors, or participants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A document, distributed to prospective members, investors, buyers, or participants, which describes an institution (such as a university), a publication, or a business and what it has to offer.
  • n. A document which describes a proposed endeavor (venture, undertaking), such as a literary work (which one proposes to write).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A summary, plan, or scheme of something proposed, affording a prospect of its nature; especially, an exposition of the scheme of an unpublished literary work.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A printed sketch or plan issued for the purpose of making known the chief features of some proposed enterprise.

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

  • n. a catalog listing the courses offered by a college or university
  • n. a formal written offer to sell securities (filed with the SEC) that sets forth a plan for a (proposed) business enterprise

Etymologies

Latin prōspectus, distant view; see prospect.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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