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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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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.
In conventional medicine, treatments are based on randomized, prospective trials, said Dr.
The study, "Molecular Gene Expression Profiling to Predict the Tissue of Origin and Direct Site-Specific Therapy in Patients with Carcinoma of Unknown Primary Site: A Prospective Trial of the Sarah Cannon Research Institute," can be accessed here.
The present investigation examines 2 subgroups of participants from the above-referenced prospective trial who presented either with or without vulvar erythema at study enrollment prior to being allocated to test and comparison products.
I am looking forward to working with the Company and the rest of the Scientific Advisory Board to design a prospective trial in order to formally test the hypothesis that the detection of obstructive coronary artery disease can be enhanced when MTWA is used in conjunction with other diagnostic modalities.
4% 30 day stroke rate was the lowest seen to date of any contemporary prospective trial of carotid stenting.
To be eligible for the initial screening, prospective trial participants must be between 18 and 50 years of age, have a body mass index (BMI) less than 25, and have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
In a small prospective trial, 61 women with fetuses in the OP position in the second stage of labor in 2003-2004 were managed expectantly if seen during an initial time period in the study or with a trial of digital rotation of the fetus during the second part of the study.
Multi MERCI was a multi-center, prospective trial including 164 patients treated at 15 hospitals in the United States and Canada.
A double blind, prospective trial of topical ciprofloxacin versus normal saline solution in the treatment of otorrhoea.
The role of clinical suspicion in evaluating a new diagnostic test for active tuberculosis: results of a multicenter prospective trial.
In the first prospective trial of its kind, the researchers examined tumors in 49 newly diagnosed cancer patients and found only one patient with p-glycoproetin-containing cells.

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