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Definition: Prospectus

Quick Summary of Prospectus

Financial statements and supporting detailed descriptions published when a company is offering shares for sale to the public.

What is the dictionary definition of Prospectus?

Dictionary Definition

A printed document that advertises or describes a school, commercial enterprise, forthcoming book, etc., in order to attract or inform clients, members, buyers, or investors.

  1. A document, distributed to prospective members, investors, buyers, or participants, which describes an institution (such as a university), a publication, or a business and what it has to offer.
  2. A document which describes a proposed endeavour (venture, undertaking), such as a literary work (which one proposes to write).

Full Definition of Prospectus

A formal proposal that contains a specific plan for a security or stock offering, designed to attract investors.

Examples of Prospectus in a sentence

International trading regulations require businesses to file a prospectus before offering stock for sale.
Before taking the company public, the managers need to prepare a prospectus to send out to potential investors.

Synonyms For Prospectus

outline, scheme, information leaflet, plan, leaflet

Cite Term

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Page URL
Modern Language Association (MLA):
Prospectus. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. September 28, 2021
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Prospectus. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: September 28, 2021).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Prospectus. Retrieved September 28, 2021, from website:

Definition Sources

Definitions for Prospectus are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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