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[re-truh-spek-shuh n] /ˌrɛ trəˈspɛk ʃən/
the action, process, or faculty of looking back on things past.
a survey of past events or experiences.
Origin of retrospection
First recorded in 1625-35; retrospect + -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The present political circumstances of Spain are not calculated to favour the retrospection of by-gone glories.

    The Pictureque Antiquities of Spain; Nathaniel Armstrong Wells
  • It was a trick of memory with which she indulged herself on occasion, this one of retrospection.

    At Fault Kate Chopin.
  • retrospection was once a way of escape for those who had not the vitality to face their own fine day with its exacting demands.

    Waiting for Daylight Henry Major Tomlinson
  • He began to see things truly by the drab light of retrospection.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • The tears blind me as I go back in retrospection and think over the men that warred against themselves.

    Tenting on the Plains Elizabeth B. Custer
  • At the present moment she was going over the situation in retrospection.

  • Life is so short and I have so much yet that I hope to do in it, that I simply refuse my mind the pleasures of retrospection.

    The Drunkard Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • "There will be no retrospection this evening, if you please," her voice rather metallic.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • No retrospection can raise them out of their ruins, or withdraw them beyond the law of their perpetual fate.

British Dictionary definitions for retrospection


the act of recalling things past, esp in one's personal experience
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for retrospection

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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