What does retrospective mean?

Definitions for retrospectiveˌrɛ trəˈspɛk tɪv

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. retrospective(adj)

    an exhibition of a representative selection of an artist's life work

  2. retrospective(adj)

    concerned with or related to the past

    "retrospective self-justification"


  1. retrospective(Noun)

    an exhibition of works from an extended period of an artist's activity

  2. retrospective(Adjective)

    of, relating to, or contemplating the past

  3. retrospective(Adjective)

    looking backwards

  4. retrospective(Adjective)

    affecting or influencing past things; retroactive

  5. Origin: retrospect+-ive. from Latin retrospectare

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retrospective(adj)

    looking backward; contemplating things past; -- opposed to prospective; as, a retrospective view

  2. Retrospective(adj)

    having reference to what is past; affecting things past; retroactive; as, a retrospective law

  3. Origin: [Cf. F. rtrospectif.]


  1. Retrospective

    Retrospective generally means to take a look back at events that already have taken place. For example, the term is used in medicine, describing a look back at a patient's medical history or lifestyle.

Editors Contribution

  1. retrospective

    A word used to describe a pay rise, financial payment, law, legislation, legal decision or statute having the just authority or right to take effect from a previous date.

    Some pieces of government legislation, financial payments of compensation, pay rises etc can be deemed to be legally essential depending on the reason and nature of the cause so therefore are retrospective.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of retrospective in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of retrospective in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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