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Prospective literally means "under observation". It can also refer to an event that is likely or expected to happen in the future. For example, a prospective student is someone who is considering attending a school — typically a high school student who is seriously considering applying to a university, or who has already applied and been accepted, but not yet enrolled.

It may also refer to:

See also[edit]

  • Retrospective, generally means to take a before study at events that already have taken place. For example, the term is used in medicine, describing a look back at a patient's medical history or lifestyle