pro·spec·tive /prə-'spek-tiv, 'prä-ˌspek-/ adj1: relating to or effective in the futurea statute's prospective effect2: likely to come about: expected to happenprospective inability to perform the contract3: likely to be or becomea prospective buyerpro·spec·tive·ly adv
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
abeyant, about to be, anticipated, approaching, arranged, awaited, close at hand, coming, conceivable, considered, destined, earmarked, eventual, expectant, expected, foreseen, forthcoming, future, futurus, hoped for, imaginable, immediate, imminent, impending, in prospect, in store, in view, intended, likely, looked for, looming, on the horizon, planned, possible, potential, preparing, projected, promised, scheduled, soon to be, soon to happen, subsequent, to be, to come, ultimate, upcoming
associated concepts: prospective contract, prospective liabilities, prospective relief, prospective rights
- Nova constitutio futuris formam imponere debet non praeteritis. — A new law ought to affect the future, not what is past.- Lex prospicit, non respicit. — The law looks forward, not backward.II index apparent (presumptive), forthcoming, future, immediate (imminent), imminent, pending (imminent), proximate
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
adj.Future; expected to happen in the future.
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.
adj. Effective in the future. Newly enacted laws and constitutional decisions are almost always applied prospectively
Webster's New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000.