prospectus

A prospectus is a written catalog or brochure that offers a plan, as of school courses to take or stocks to buy. The idea of a prospectus is to offer a variety of options and a plan of action.

One goal of a prospectus is to present the positive features of something in order to attract a desired participant. When a new company wants to attract investors or a stock brokerage wants to attract new clients, each offers a prospectus specific to its goals. The word is from the Latin verb specere, "to look," which is combined with the prefix prō-, "forward" — giving us a verb meaning "to look forward" to something that is coming. The modern word appeared first in France in the 18th century.

Primary Meanings of prospectus

1.
n
a formal written offer to sell securities (filed with the SEC) that sets forth a plan for a (proposed) business enterprise
2.
n
a catalog listing the courses offered by a college or university
Full Definitions of prospectus
1

n a formal written offer to sell securities (filed with the SEC) that sets forth a plan for a (proposed) business enterprise

“a prospectus should contain the facts that an investor needs to make an informed decision”
Type of:
offer, offering
something offered (as a proposal or bid)
2

n a catalog listing the courses offered by a college or university

Synonyms:
course catalog, course catalogue
Types:
preliminary prospectus, red herring
a first draft of a prospectus; must be clearly marked to indicate that parts may be changed in the final prospectus
Type of:
catalog, catalogue
a book or pamphlet containing an enumeration of things

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