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retrospectively

[re-truh-spek-tiv-lee] /ˌrɛ trəˈspɛk tɪv li/
adverb
1.
with contemplation of past situations, events, etc.:
You should examine your relationship retrospectively.
2.
with retrospective effect; retroactively:
The law operates retrospectively.
Origin of retrospectively
1600-1610
First recorded in 1600-10; retrospective + -ly
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  • It looks as if she has arranged to charge us retrospectively by the hour for the stuff.

  • This also for a time, much at his leisure, Adam Verver retrospectively fixed.

    The Golden Bowl Henry James
  • retrospectively, Doctor Anstruther considered this historical revue of his fair patient as he sat facing her.

  • About the second subperiod she said retrospectively: "We were on a ship and we were 'most drowned."

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • Our contraband is a woman, and she comes upon the scene of action in this wise, retrospectively.

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
  • retrospectively she said later she thought her brother was a cardinal.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • And, retrospectively, the schools must be conceded to have done wonders.

    Travels in South Kensington Moncure Daniel Conway
  • retrospectively she said she wanted to see all her ancestors from the beginning of time.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch

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