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retrospective

[re-truh-spek-tiv] /ˌrɛ trəˈspɛk tɪv/
adjective
1.
directed to the past; contemplative of past situations, events, etc.
2.
looking or directed backward.
3.
retroactive, as a statute.
noun
4.
an art exhibit showing an entire phase or representative examples of an artist's lifework.
5.
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
1655-1665
1655-65; retrospect + -ive
Related forms
retrospectively, adverb
retrospectiveness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for retrospectively

retrospective

/ˌrɛtrəʊˈspɛktɪv/
adjective
1.
looking or directed backwards, esp in time; characterized by retrospection
2.
applying to the past; retroactive
noun
3.
an exhibition of an artist's life's work or a representative selection of it
Derived Forms
retrospectively, adverb
retrospectiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for retrospectively

retrospective

adj.

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

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