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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. 2018.
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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


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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