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ˌrɛ trəˈspɛk tɪvret·ro·spec·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. retrospectiveadjective

    an exhibition of a representative selection of an artist's life work

  2. retrospectiveadjective

    concerned with or related to the past

    "retrospective self-justification"


  1. retrospectivenoun

    an exhibition of works from an extended period of an artist's activity

  2. retrospectiveadjective

    of, relating to, or contemplating the past

  3. retrospectiveadjective

    looking backwards

  4. retrospectiveadjective

    affecting or influencing past things; retroactive

  5. Etymology: retrospect+-ive. from Latin retrospectare

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retrospectiveadjective

    looking backward; contemplating things past; -- opposed to prospective; as, a retrospective view

  2. Retrospectiveadjective

    having reference to what is past; affecting things past; retroactive; as, a retrospective law

  3. Etymology: [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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of retrospective in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of retrospective in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of retrospective in a Sentence

  1. Peter Feaver:

    We could well be in a similar position : where the Trump argument is :' we are finally getting the handle on this, do you really want the disruption of a change in administration ?' the answer to that, I think, hinges heavily on whether the President can win the retrospective judgment on,' Were you the one who got us into this mess in the first place ?'.

  2. Brian Ginsberg:

    The law has changed, yes. But the retrospective historical fact of whether the NRA and its members did or did not incur compensatory damages has not changed, they could have done that in their initial complaint. They didn't do it. They could have done it in their first amended complaint. They didn't … Nor did they attempt … in their proposed second amended complaint.

  3. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond:

    I've had a very clear indication from Mr Jaitley...who is clear and categoric that this government will not be issuing any further notices under the retrospective tax legislation.

  4. Subramanian Sharma:

    Daiichi's share sale is having some impact but the underlying trend has weakened due to equity-led worries around Jan-March earnings and retrospective taxes on profits of foreign investors.

  5. Eric Schadt:

    We did a retrospective Resilience Project where we looked at 600,000 genomes that we got from a variety of sources, for example, [DNA service] 23andme.

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