- the act of retrieving.
- the chance of recovery or restoration: lost beyond retrieval.
Origin of retrieval
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Examples from the Web for retrieval
It was just the moment for the Church party to attempt a retrieval of their lost power.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
In Æschylus, when once "destiny" is about, all retrieval grows absurd.The English Novel
He is the best who wins the most splendid victories by the retrieval of mistakes.Thoughts for the Quiet Hour
But what retrieval of lost comeliness could be effected in a day or two?The Mountebank
William J. Locke
The abolition of slavery, and the retrieval of specie in this colony, are the subjects on which I would bespeak their attention.
- the act or process of retrieving
- the possibility of recovery, restoration, or rectification (esp in the phrase beyond retrieval)
- a computer filing operation that recalls records or other data from a file
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Word Origin and History for retrieval
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The third stage in the memory process, after encoding and storage, involving mental processes associated with bringing stored information back into consciousness.
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