retrieval

[ ri-tree-vuh l ]
/ rɪˈtri vəl /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. retribute,
  2. retribution,
  3. retributive,
  4. retributivism,
  5. retrievable,
  6. retrieve,
  7. retriever,
  8. retro,
  9. retro-,
  10. retro-operative

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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Word Origin and History for retrieval

retrieval

n.

1640s, from retrieve + -al (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine 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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