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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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Shah (2003) said that quality of teaching learning process directly depends upon quality of teacher education given to prospective teachers through different teaching programs.
Berry (2001) asserts the need for the provision of good and solid professional training programs for prospective teachers who are supposed to teach at different levels.
In the decades since, according to the authors, prospective has been adopted by public and private organizations throughout the world.
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The program called for prospective teachers to repeatedly teach the same lesson to several different small groups of four to six elementary students.
Although there are principles about discourse that university mathematics professors can garner by reading about elementary teachers' classrooms, the fact that university professors teach prospective elementary teachers adds a dimension to the art and science of teaching that merits its own examination.