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Pronunciation:  pru'spektiv

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  concerned with or related to the future; "prospective earnings"; "a prospective mother"; "the statute is solely prospective in operation"

PROSPECTIVE is a 11 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: expected, future, likely, potential
 Antonyms: retrospective



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pro*spec"tive\, a. [L. prospectivus: cf. F.
    prospectif. See {Prospect}, n.]
    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.
    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.
  2. \Pro*spec"tive\, n.
    1. The scene before or around, in time or in space; view;
       prospect. --Sir H. Wotton.
    2. A perspective glass. [Obs.] --Chaucer. Beau. & Fl.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: In medicine, a study or clinical trial in which participants are identified and then followed forward in time.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A clinical trial in which the method for analyzing data has been specified in the protocol before the study has begun (prospective), the patients have been randomly assigned to receive either the study drug or alternative treatment, and in which neither the patient nor the physician(s) conducting the study know which treatment is being given to the patient.