1. with contemplation of past situations, events, etc.: You should examine your relationship retrospectively.
  2. with retrospective effect; retroactively: The law operates retrospectively.

Origin of retrospectively

First recorded in 1600–10; retrospective + -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • This also for a time, much at his leisure, Adam Verver retrospectively fixed.

    The Golden Bowl

    Henry James

  • And, retrospectively, the schools must be conceded to have done wonders.

    Travels in South Kensington

    Moncure Daniel Conway

  • Retrospectively she said she wanted to see all her ancestors from the beginning of time.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • Retrospectively she stated, "I was so disgusted I went to bed—I just gave up hope."

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • Retrospectively she said later she thought her brother was a cardinal.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch