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retrieval

[ ri-tree-vuhl ]
/ rɪˈtri vəl /
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noun
the act of retrieving.
the chance of recovery or restoration: Sadly, many aboriginal languages have been lost beyond retrieval.
Psychology. the act or process of accessing information previously encoded and stored in memory: The article explores the use of picture matching tasks to assist in word retrieval in aphasic patients.Compare recall (def. 9), recognition (def. 9).
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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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