Definitions for retrospectiveˌrɛ trəˈspɛk tɪv
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ret•ro•spec•tiveˌrɛ trəˈspɛk tɪv(adj.)
directed to the past; contemplative of past situations, events, etc.
looking or directed backward.
retroactive, as a statute.
(n.)an exhibit showing an entire phase or representative examples of an artist's lifework.
an exhibit or series of performances representing the lifework of a composer, performer, etc.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Origin of retrospective:
an exhibition of a representative selection of an artist's life work
concerned with or related to the past
an exhibition of works from an extended period of an artist's activity
of, relating to, or contemplating the past
affecting or influencing past things; retroactive
Origin: retrospect+-ive. from Latin retrospectare
looking backward; contemplating things past; -- opposed to prospective; as, a retrospective view
having reference to what is past; affecting things past; retroactive; as, a retrospective law
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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