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retrospection

[re-truh-spek-shuh n] /ˌrɛ trəˈspɛk ʃən/
noun
1.
the action, process, or faculty of looking back on things past.
2.
a survey of past events or experiences.
Origin of retrospection
1625-1635
First recorded in 1625-35; retrospect + -ion
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  • He began to see things truly by the drab light of retrospection.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Now, in retrospection, she was alternately sorry that she had said as much and that she had not said more.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • At the present moment she was going over the situation in retrospection.

  • "There will be no retrospection this evening, if you please," her voice rather metallic.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • Our Duke, however, had not reached the age of retrospection.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • Not for me Is time for retrospection or for dreams, Not time for self-laudation or remorse.

    Custer, and Other Poems. Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • That forced idleness gave me plenty of time for retrospection.

    The Sequel George A. Taylor
  • He lived in that, not in retrospection; the difference is considerable to any so old as he.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • It was a trick of memory with which she indulged herself on occasion, this one of retrospection.

    At Fault Kate Chopin.
British Dictionary definitions for retrospection

retrospection

/ˌrɛtrəʊˈspɛkʃən/
noun
1.
the act of recalling things past, esp in one's personal experience
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Word Origin and History for retrospection
n.

1630s, noun of action from past participle stem of Latin retrospicere (see retrospect).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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