What does retrospect mean?

Definitions for retrospectˈrɛ trəˌspɛkt

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. retrospect(verb)

    contemplation of things past

    "in retrospect"

  2. review, look back, retrospect(verb)

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

    "she reviewed her achievements with pride"


  1. retrospect(Noun)

    consideration of past times

  2. retrospect(Verb)

    To look or refer back to; to reflect on

  3. Origin: retrospectum, from retrospicio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retrospect(verb)

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

  2. Retrospect(noun)

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

  3. Origin: [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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Gloria Steinem:

    Evil is obvious only in retrospect.

  2. Paul Theroux:

    Travel is only glamorous in retrospect.

  3. Robert Louis Stephenson:

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

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

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

  5. Sipho P Nkosi:

    Looking back in retrospect and regretting your past, you miss the opportunities in front of you.

Images & Illustrations of retrospect

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Translations for retrospect

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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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