What does retrospective mean?

Definitions for retrospectiveˌrɛ trəˈspɛk tɪv

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. retrospective(adj)

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

  2. retrospective(adj)

    concerned with or related to the past

    "retrospective self-justification"


  1. retrospective(Noun)

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

  2. retrospective(Adjective)

    of, relating to, or contemplating the past

  3. retrospective(Adjective)

    looking backwards

  4. retrospective(Adjective)

    affecting or influencing past things; retroactive

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retrospective(adj)

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

  2. Retrospective(adj)

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

  3. Origin: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. retrospective

    A word used to describe a pay rise, financial payment, law, legislation, legal decision or statute having the just authority or right to take effect from a previous date.

    Some pieces of government legislation, financial payments of compensation, pay rises etc can be deemed to be legally essential depending on the reason and nature of the cause so therefore are retrospective.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Saint Laurent:

    It is my soul, i was not so happy at first. I never wanted to do a retrospective, and it ended up like that.

  2. 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.

  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. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond:

    The tax demand made to Cairn was very unwelcome, 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.

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