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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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During the 1993-94 influenza season, prospective surveillance was in place from November 15, 1993, through March 18, 1994.
This prospective surveillance identified six neonates who were colonized with MRSA at birth (two were transfers).
If public health decisions are to be made on the basis of prospective surveillance, these systems must be improved to reflect real-time or near real-time reporting and analysis.
Continuous prospective surveillance for antimicrobial resistance in pneumococci is needed to determine whether increases in fluoroquinolone resistance will occur in the United States.
They also justify prospective surveillance to better define epidemiology and clinical findings associated with these viruses.
The registry was established as a prospective surveillance project to monitor isolated episodes of potential HIV exposures through sexual activity, injecting-drug use, and other nonoccupational events.
A prospective surveillance program for influenza viruses was established in Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) in July of 2005.
The HIV PEP Registry was established in October1996 as a prospective surveillance project to monitor adverse events associated with HIV PEP in HCWs after occupational HIV exposures.
Prospective surveillance was conducted for influenza, with an emphasis on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, during the 2002 Winter Olympics/Paralympic Games.
Prospective surveillance for nosecomial group A streptococcal infections in Ontario: do single cases warrant an investigation?
We defined the positive predictive value of routine prospective surveillance to be 100%.
On August 6, active prospective surveillance was implemented for acute respiratory illnesses (ARI), including influenza-like illness (ILI) and associated pneumonia, in 12 hospitals and clinics in Alaska and the Yukon Territory, a clinic in Seattle and a hospital in Vancouver, and 17 commercial cruise ships touring the region.

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