- (uncommon) The action of looking forward into the future. Formed by analogy with retrospection.
- (uncommon) The act of prospecting for minerals.
- A search for archaeological remains, usually using modern technology, for example ground penetrating radar.
- "Prospection as a feature of Structure" Mona Baker, Gill Francis, Elena Tognini-Bonelli "Text and technology: in honour of John Sinclair" http://books.google.com/books?id=7-Bzc_XjBikC&p71, 1993 John Benjamins Publishing Company ISBN 978-90-272-2138-4-
- "First part of the prospection fulfilled, prospection still active" Susan Hunston, Gill Francis, "Pattern grammar: a corpus-driven approach to the lexical grammar of English" http://books.google.co/books?id=UUmtzBRd4VcC&, p242, 2000 John Benjamins Publishing Company, ISBN 978-90-272-2274-9
- "The problem with this error of retrospection is that it can keep us from discovering our errors of prospection" Daniel Gilbert "Stumbling on Happiness" Knopf New York 2006 ISBN 1-4000-4266-6}}
prospection f (plural prospections)