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retrospective

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

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RELATED WORDS

reflective, contemplative, remembering, pensive, backward, retroactive

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retroserrate, retroserrulate, retrosexual, retrospect, retrospection, retrospective, retrospective falsification, retrospectively, retrospondylolisthesis, retroussage, retrousse

Origin of retrospective

First recorded in 1655–65; retrospect + -ive
Related formsret·ro·spec·tive·ly, adverbret·ro·spec·tive·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for retrospective

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 Formsretrospectively, adverbretrospectiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for retrospective

retrospective


adj.

1660s, from retrospect + -ive. As a noun, from 1964, short for retrospective exhibition (1908), etc. Related: Retrospectively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper