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[ret-kon] /ˈrɛtˌkɒn/
a subsequent revision of an established story in film, TV, video games, or comics:
In an awkward retcon of his origin story, the hero’s parents survived the attack but suffered complete memory loss.
verb (used with object), retconned, retconning
to later revise (an established element of a fictional story):
The writers retconned the origin of her powers, newly attributing them to alien ancestry.
Origin of retcon
1980-85; a shortening of retroactive continuity Unabridged
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retcon in Technology

/ret'kon/ retroactive continuity.
The common situation in fiction where a new story "reveals" things about events in previous stories, usually leaving the "facts" the same (thus preserving continuity) while completely changing their interpretation. For example, revealing that a whole season of "Dallas" was a dream was a retcon.
This term was once thought to have originated on the Usenet newsgroup news:rec.arts.comics but is now believed to have been used earlier in comic fandom.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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retroactive continuity
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