Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “prospective”

prospective

adjective [before noun]
 
 
/prəˈspektɪv/
a prospective customer/buyer/candidate, etc. someone who might become a customer, buyer, etc.: What is the best way of contacting prospective customers? One plant has been sold and seven have prospective buyers. The careers fair gives students a chance to meet prospective employers.
prospective earnings/cost/yield, etc. the amount that something is expected to earn, cost, produce, etc.: The study puts the prospective cost of annual repairs and renewals at $10 million. The shares are trading at 15 times forecast earnings with an attractive prospective yield of 5.2%.
(Definition of prospective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of prospective?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Possible and probable, but you might be interested in these topics from the Chance and possibility topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “prospective” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

for starters

used to say that something is the first in a list of things

Word of the Day

Countability – grammar codes

by Dom Glennon​​,
November 26, 2014
Advices and informations Have you ever noticed strange codes in square brackets on entries in Cambridge Dictionaries Online and wondered what they mean? These are grammar codes, giving you a brief summary of how that word behaves grammatically. More information can be obtained by hovering your cursor over the code, and there’s

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More