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[re-truh-spek-tiv-lee] /ˌrɛ trəˈspɛk tɪv li/
with contemplation of past situations, events, etc.:
You should examine your relationship retrospectively.
with retrospective effect; retroactively:
The law operates retrospectively.
Origin of retrospectively
First recorded in 1600-10; retrospective + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This also for a time, much at his leisure, Adam Verver retrospectively fixed.

    The Golden Bowl Henry James
  • 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
  • retrospectively she said later she thought her brother was a cardinal.

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  • retrospectively she stated, "I was so disgusted I went to bed—I just gave up hope."

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

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • “If ever there was a damned, smooth-tongued scoundrel—” said Arms, retrospectively.

    The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Tradition makes history, retrospectively, as it ought to have been, and as it never is.

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