[re-truh-spek-shuh n]


the action, process, or faculty of looking back on things past.
a survey of past events or experiences.

Origin of retrospection

First recorded in 1625–35; retrospect + -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of retrospection

Historical Examples of retrospection

  • He began to see things truly by the drab light of retrospection.

  • Now, in retrospection, she was alternately sorry that she had said as much and that she had not said more.


    Louis Joseph Vance

  • At the present moment she was going over the situation in retrospection.

  • "There will be no retrospection this evening, if you please," her voice rather metallic.

    The Lure of the Mask

    Harold MacGrath

  • Our Duke, however, had not reached the age of retrospection.

    The Young Duke

    Benjamin Disraeli

British Dictionary definitions for retrospection



the act of recalling things past, esp in one's personal experience
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Word Origin and History for retrospection

1630s, noun of action from past participle stem of Latin retrospicere (see retrospect).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper