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.

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