retrospective

[re-truh-spek-tiv]
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:
1655–65; retrospect + -ive

retrospectively, adverb
retrospectiveness, noun
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retrospective (ˌrɛtrəʊˈspɛktɪv)
 
adj
1.  looking or directed backwards, esp in time; characterized by retrospection
2.  applying to the past; retroactive
 
n
3.  an exhibition of an artist's life's work or a representative selection of it
 
retro'spectively
 
adv
 
retro'spectiveness
 
n

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Example sentences
Therefore, extinction is defined retrospectively, only after a period has elapsed without observing a living specimen.
The principles retrospectively volunteered are wrong anyway.
Only retrospectively does this piecemeal evolution seem to have had a clear destination.
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