3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Prospective \Pro*spec"tive\, adjective [L. prospectivus: cf. F. prospectif. See {Prospect}, noun]

1. Of or pertaining to a prospect; furnishing a prospect; perspective. [Obs.]

Time's long and dark prospective glass. --Milton.

2. Looking forward in time; acting with foresight; -- opposed to {retrospective}.

The French king of Sweden are circumspect, industrious, and prospective, too, in this affair. --Sir J. Child.

3. Being within view or consideration, as a future event or contingency; relating to the future: expected; as, a prospective benefit.

Points on which the promises, at the time of ordination, had no prospective bearing. --W. Jay.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Prospective \Pro*spec"tive\, noun

1. The scene before or around, in time or in space; view; prospect. --Sir H. Wotton.

2. A perspective glass. [Obs.] --Chaucer. Beau. & Fl.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: of or concerned with or related to the future; "prospective earnings"; "a prospective mother"; "a prospective bride"; "the statute is solely prospective in operation" [ant: {retrospective}]

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