prospective


prospective
pro·spec·tive /prə-'spek-tiv, 'prä-ˌspek-/ adj
1: relating to or effective in the future
a statute's prospective effect
2: likely to come about: expected to happen
prospective inability to perform the contract
3: likely to be or become
a prospective buyer
pro·spec·tive·ly adv

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

prospective
I adjective 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 foreign phrases:
- 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. . 2006


prospective
adj.
Future; expected to happen in the future.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


prospective
adj. Effective in the future. Newly enacted laws and constitutional decisions are almost always applied prospectively

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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