5. The act of looking forward; foresight; anticipation; as, a prospect of the future state. Is he a prudent man as to his temporal estate, that lays designs only for a day, without any prospect to, or provision for, the remaining part of life ? (Tillotson)
6. That which is hoped for; ground for hope or expectation; expectation; probable result; as, the prospect of success. To brighter prospects born. These swell their prospectsd exalt their pride, When offers are disdain'd, and love deny'd. (pope)
Origin: L. Prospectus, fr. Prospicere, prospectum, to look forward; pro before, forward _ specere, spicere, look, to see: cf. OF. Prospect. See Spy, and cf. Prospectus.