retrospective

[ re-truh-spek-tiv ]
/ ˌrɛ trəˈspɛk tɪv /

adjective

directed to the past; contemplative of past situations, events, etc.
looking or directed backward.
retroactive, as a statute.

noun

an art exhibit showing an entire phase or representative examples of an artist's lifework.
any exhibition or series of showings or performances, as of musical works or motion pictures, representing the work of an artist or performer over all or a major part of a career: a retrospective of John Ford's movies.

Origin of retrospective

First recorded in 1655–65; retrospect + -ive

Related forms

ret·ro·spec·tive·ly, adverbret·ro·spec·tive·ness, noun
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retrospective

/ (ˌrɛtrəʊˈspɛktɪv) /

adjective

looking or directed backwards, esp in time; characterized by retrospection
applying to the past; retroactive

noun

an exhibition of an artist's life's work or a representative selection of it

Derived Forms

retrospectively, adverbretrospectiveness, noun
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