Ex Ante Law and Legal Definition

The term ex ante is a Latin word which means based on assumption and prediction. It also means beforehand or before the event. The term is used generally in the commercial world, where results of a particular action, or series of actions, are forecast in advance. In the financial world ex ante return means future returns or prospects of a company. An example of ex-ante analysis is when an investment company values a stock ex-ante and then compares the predicted results to the actual movement of the stock's price. In the recruitment industry, ex ante is used when forecasting resource requirements on large future projects.