What does retrospect mean?

Definitions for retrospect
ˈrɛ trəˌspɛktret·ro·spect

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word retrospect.

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

    Etymology: retrospectum, from retrospicio.

  2. retrospectverb

    To look or refer back to; to reflect on

    Etymology: retrospectum, from retrospicio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retrospectverb

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

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

  2. Retrospectnoun

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

    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. Douglas MacArthur:

    Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear -­ kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor ­- with the cry of grave national emergency. Always, there has been some terrible evil at home, or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant sums demanded. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real.

  2. Elspeth Cameron Ritchie:

    This seems like it was a very tough situation, in retrospect -- and this happens very commonly after a suicide -- you look back and you look back and you see all kinds of red flags or information that one person knew but another person didn't know, and if you put it all together, yes, maybe he should have been hospitalized.

  3. Kurt Volker:

    In retrospect, I should have seen that connection differently, and had I done so, I would have raised my own objections.

  4. Christopher Nowinski:

    I know my lack of education led to my wrestling career ending, when I had a concussion I would still go out there. Now I know in retrospect it is dangerous not only for me but also my opponent. If I had a headache or felt nausea I shouldn't be out there with my opponent.

  5. Woodrow Wilson:

    No thoughtful man ever came to the end of his life, and had time and a little space of calm from which to look back upon it, who did not know and acknowledge that it was what he had done unselfishly and for others, and nothing else, that satisfied him in the retrospect, and made him feel that he had played the man.

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  • استذكارArabic
  • Rückblick, RückschauGerman
  • 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
  • ретроспективный взгляд, взгляд назад, взгляд в прошлоеRussian

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