retrieval

[ ri-tree-vuh l ]
/ rɪˈtri vəl /

noun

the act of retrieving.
the chance of recovery or restoration: lost beyond retrieval.

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Origin of retrieval

First recorded in 1635–45; retrieve + -al2
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British Dictionary definitions for retrieval

retrieval
/ (rɪˈtriːvəl) /

noun

the act or process of retrieving
the possibility of recovery, restoration, or rectification (esp in the phrase beyond retrieval)
a computer filing operation that recalls records or other data from a file
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Medical definitions for retrieval

retrieval
[ rĭ-trēvəl ]

n.

The third stage in the memory process, after encoding and storage, involving mental processes associated with bringing stored information back into consciousness.
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