If it's prospective, it hasn't happened yet. Prospective students are students who might attend a school in the future. If you visit any college campus, you’ll see prospective students checking out the library, the dorms, and athletic facilities.

Prospective indicates that something is expected or likely to happen. If you’re contemplating your future, you might speak of your prospective career, your prospective spouse, or a prospective million-dollar offer to make a movie based on your fascinating life. However, avoid the common mistake of confusing prospective with perspective. Perspective, which can mean “a reasonable point of view,” is important when one wants to accurately assess prospective opportunities.

Definitions of prospective

adj of or concerned with or related to the future

prospective earnings”
“a prospective mother”
“a prospective bride”
“the statute is solely prospective in operation”
yet to be or coming
likely, potential
expected to become or be; in prospect
effective in or looking toward the future
concerned with or related to the past
directed or facing toward the back or rear
ex post facto, retro, retroactive
affecting things past
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