What does retrospect mean?

Definitions for retrospect
ˈrɛ trəˌspɛktret·ro·spect

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. retrospectverb

    contemplation of things past

    "in retrospect"

  2. review, look back, retrospectverb

    look back upon (a period of time, sequence of events); remember

    "she reviewed her achievements with pride"


  1. retrospectnoun

    consideration of past times

  2. retrospectverb

    To look or refer back to; to reflect on

  3. Etymology: retrospectum, from retrospicio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    Look thrown upon things behind or things past.

    Etymology: retro and specio, Lat.

    As you arraign his majesty by retrospect, so you condemn his government by second sight. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 9.


  1. retrospect

    Retrospect is the act or process of thinking back or looking back on past events, situations or decisions. It involves reviewing and contemplating past actions, experiences, or decisions to gain a better understanding, learn lessons, or remember specific details.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retrospectverb

    to look backward; hence, to affect or concern what is past

  2. Retrospectnoun

    a looking back on things past; view or contemplation of the past

  3. Etymology: [L. retrospicere; retro back + specere, spectum, to look. See Spy, and cf. Expect.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Retrospect

    ret′rō-spekt, or rē′-, n. a looking back: a contemplation of the past: the past.—n. Retrospec′tion, the act or faculty of looking back on the past.—adj. Retrospec′tive.—adv. Retrospec′tively. [L. retrospectus, pa.p. of retrospicĕreretro, back, specĕre, to look.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of retrospect in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of retrospect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of retrospect in a Sentence

  1. Elspeth Cameron Ritchie:

    Again, in retrospect, perhaps we would have done things differently but his suicide attempts were back in '08 and '09. This was 2015. I don't know that the physician knew about the missing person report, and we weren't there at the time to see what actually happened. That's one of the challenges with looking at medical records afterward and why it's so important to do good documentation.

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect, that the path of each man's genius contracts itself to a very few hours.

  3. J. K. Rowling, J. K. Rowling Official Website:

    Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.

  4. Gloria Steinem:

    Evil is obvious only in retrospect.

  5. Robert Louis Stephenson:

    The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.

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  • استذكارArabic
  • Rückschau, RückblickGerman
  • iraganera begiratze, atzera begiratzeBasque
  • jälkikäteistarkasteluFinnish
  • coup d'œil rétrospectif, rétrospectionFrench
  • sealltainn air ais, ath-bheachdScottish Gaelic
  • דיעבדHebrew
  • बीती बातों की जांचHindi
  • 遡上, 回顧Japanese
  • взгляд в прошлое, взгляд назад, ретроспективный взглядRussian

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the transparent covering of an aircraft cockpit
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