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"prospective" in British English

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prospectiveadjective

uk   us   /prəˈspek.tɪv/
prospective buyers, employers, parents, etc.

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C1 people who are ​expected to ​buy something, ​employ someone, ​becomeparents, etc.: We've had three sets of prospective ​buyerslooking at the ​house.
(Definition of prospective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"prospective" in American English

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prospectiveadjective [not gradable]

 us   /prəˈspek·tɪv/
possible: There were ​offers from several prospective ​buyers.
(Definition of prospective from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"prospective" in Business English

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prospectiveadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /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 ​careersfair 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 ​annualrepairs and renewals at $10 million. The ​shares are ​trading at 15 ​timesforecastearnings with an attractive prospective ​yield of 5.2%.
(Definition of prospective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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