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prospective tax increases
  concerned with or related to the future
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prospective prospectively
Strongly Associated with:   retroactive
Prospective is sometimes contrasted to retroactive.  For example, The law is implemented prospectively — not retroactively.
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  • prospective tax increases
  • It would have been great to be able to see some of the paintings up close, but she knew those seats should go to prospective buyers, and the last thing she wanted was for someone to tap her on the shoulder and ask her to move later.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Before prospective buyers could be allowed inside, though, the place had to be cleaned out.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • In Albert Jefferson’s case, the prosecutor had organized the list of prospective jurors summoned to court into four groups of roughly twenty-five people each, identified as "strong,"
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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  • Miss Schulhoff, a prospective art major, was also queen of the Columbia College rush last fall.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • She also told me that prospective parents always pick the blond kids first.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • The image Angel presented to the prospective female jurors was an even trickier issue.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • I always knew that in me he saw the prospective husband of one of his daughters; but I had lived with this knowledge for so long that it didn’t embarrass me.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • …slightly in hue—due to an uneven paint job—from the tender rosé of fresh lox to a more aggressive bubble-gum coral, but everywhere there was pink, pink admitting rivalry from no other color, so that after only a few minutes contemplating my prospective room under the proud eye of Mrs. Zimmerman, I felt at first amused—it was a cupid’s bower in which one could only barely restrain raucous laughter—and then really grimly trapped, as if I were in a Barricini candy store or the infants’…
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Probably one of Connor’s mates or prospective lady friends, she thought.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch

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  • Parents of prospective students pay for tours, but you’re doing it for free.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • As the plan took shape, the prospective escapees walked as much as possible, strengthening their legs.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Tabulating the information I had collected about my prospective victims, I was able to concoct a suitable bait for each.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • I’m sorry, probably not the sort of thing you want to hear from your prospective lawyer, heh?
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • I looked around the plane at the faces of my fellow prospective paratroopers.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • On Friday the Rostovs were to return to the country, but on Wednesday the count went with the prospective purchaser to his estate near Moscow.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I’ve spoken to many of our future members and you’d be flattered by what they said about you as our prospective chairman.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I have a right to speak, not only as Rebecca’s cousin, but as her prospective husband, had she lived.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • One warm afternoon during that fair week, all four of us—Sonja and I and the two kids—were tending the booth, passing out brochures and chatting with prospective customers.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • Luma took down the names and ages of the prospective players, and with the help of the team manager, Tracy, wrote their names on strips of masking tape, which they plastered across the backs of the boys’ T-shirts.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • I was delighted, for my mind was full of the prospective joys and of the wonderful stories I had heard about the sea.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • As she brought prospective buyers through, the realtor said it was an oil stain, but it was me, seeping out of the bag Mr. Harvey carried and spilling onto the concrete.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • He went out every day on foot to call on Japanese Catholics and prospective converts.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • First, because the prospective employee came ten minutes early for the interview and Michael-Mary, who adhered to her schedule to the minute, was forced to answer the door in a print peignoir.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Yes, Nell,’ he added, when they had departed, ’my son is prospective owner of your place, and I should not wish him to die till I was certain of being his successor.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • And he did "tackle it again"—and under the double pressure of curiosity and prospective gain he did it with such spirit that he accomplished a shining success.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Hammond also concealed from prospective investors the fact that the elephant’s behavior had changed substantially in the process of miniaturization.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Vital for strong healthy teeth, a dwarf’s most important attribute the first thing a prospective mate looked at.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • But no, you had to come jingling your earbobs and pouting and frisking like a prostitute with a prospective client.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • High-tech companies like Google or Microsoft carefully measure the cognitive abilities of prospective employees out of the same belief: they are convinced that those at the very top of the IQ scale have the greatest potential.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • The brochure he sent to prospective clients declared, So, you have a thirst for adventure!
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Early the next morning my prospective customer appeared.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • It was not taught to prospective Riders-though we had them meditate as you do throughout their training-until we were convinced that they were mature enough to resist temptation.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • One company offered them immediate work on a tanker bound for Brazil, and, indeed, the two would now have been at sea if their prospective employer had not discovered that neither man possessed union papers or a passport.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • She was of average height but with the unformed body of a girl and I thought that if she was planning to marry our father she must have been horrified to find herself with a nearly six-foot prospective stepdaughter who was not even pretty.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • His emotions made him feel strange in the presence of men who talked excitedly of a prospective battle as of a drama they were about to witness, with nothing but eagerness and curiosity apparent in their faces.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • John always said what was his was hers, but would he think it right to spend not only the prospective five-and-twenty, but another five-and-twenty out of the household fund?
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Yes, as before I had prospectively assumed that Bartleby would depart, so now I might retrospectively assume that departed he was.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • I know all the ins and outs of your affairs now, my dear boy—it’s not for nothing that you were so open with Pashenka when you were her prospective son-in-law, and I say all this as a friend….
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Alexander the Sixth, in wishing to aggrandize the duke, his son, had many immediate and prospective difficulties.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • What will your prospective mates think when they hear of this?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • I followed with lagging step, and thoughts busily bent on discovering a means of extrication; but he himself looked so composed and so grave also, I became ashamed of feeling any confusion: the evil — if evil existent or prospective there was — seemed to lie with me only; his mind was unconscious and quiet.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • This was the sort of look we got from prospective employers, except not pleased.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • In 1886 occasionally with casual acquaintances and prospective purchasers on doorsteps, in front parlours, in third class railway carriages of suburban lines.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • So far as the prospective territory was concerned, he unquestionably died too soon.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • New-looking baggage went past him; presently prospective passengers, with dark little bodies, were calling: "Jew-uls-Hoo-oo!" in dark piercing voices.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • When I had taken this commission on myself prospectively, Mr. Barkis relapsed into perfect silence; and I, feeling quite worn out by all that had happened lately, lay down on a sack in the cart and fell asleep.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Her conception of her prospective wealth was as yet very indefinite.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • She admires the workmen, comparing them favorably to the young men who come to Sunday supper, presumably as prospective beaux for one or another of the sisters, and later she finds the dead man beautiful—a response encompassing both sex and death.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • And I saw where a son-in-law—granted, only a prospective one—ranked with respect to her son.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
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