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adjective abeyant, about to be, approaching, arranged, awaited, close at hand, coming, conceivable, considered, destined, earmarked, eventual, expectant, expected, foreseen, forthcoming, future, hoped for, imaginable, immediate, impending, in prospect, in store, in view, intended, likely, looked for, looming, on the horizon, planned, potential, preparing, projected, promised, scheduled, soon to be, soon to happen, subsequent, to be, to come, ultimate, upcoming
Associated concepts: prospective contract, prospective liaailities, prospective relief, prospective rights
Foreign phrases: Nova constitutio futuris formam immonere 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.
See also: apparent, forthcoming, future, immediate, imminent, pending, presumptive, proximate

LAW, PROSPECTIVE. One which provides for, and regulates the future acts of men, and does not interfere in any way with what has past.

PROSPECTIVE. That which is applicable to the future; it is used in opposition to retrospective. To be just, a law ought always to be prospective. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 116.

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This was a retrospective study of a subgroup of participants who had participated in an examiner-blind, randomized, prospective trial of sanitary pads in healthy women.
Professor John Toy, medical director for Cancer Research UK, said: "If a prospective trial confirms these results, it would be very good news for the national screening programme and more importantly, therefore, also for women.
Magdalena Lesicka, 31, appeared at Manchester Crown Court yesterday morning, where a date was set for her to enter a plea, and a prospective trial date set aside.
Using Singulex's highly sensitive cTnI research-use-only immunoassay, the long-term, population-based, prospective trial indicated that cTnI was detectable in almost every healthy middle-aged volunteer.
Furthermore, in a prospective trial, we will investigate the potential for targeting preventive therapy at patients with the greatest likelihood of response and the lowest risk of adverse effects.
From 1993 through 1998, the WHI enrolled 10,739 postmenopausal women in the largest prospective trial evaluating the effect of hormone therapy (HT) on various clinical outcomes.
M2 EQUITYBITES-May 29, 2012-Allenexa[euro](tm)s XM-ONE selected for Tulanea[euro](tm)s prospective trial in kidney transplantation(C)2012 M2 COMMUNICATIONS http://www.
Of note, this apparent protective effect against melanoma was confined to the 6% of women in the randomized, prospective trial who had a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer.
I think this is provocative enough that you should think seriously about doing a well-designed randomized prospective trial to address the question of whether this is going to be an important intervention," commented Dr.

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