the act of retrieving.
the chance of recovery or restoration: lost beyond retrieval.

1635–45; retrieve + -al2 Unabridged
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retrieval (rɪˈtriːvəl)
1.  the act or process of retrieving
2.  the possibility of recovery, restoration, or rectification (esp in the phrase beyond retrieval)
3.  a computer filing operation that recalls records or other data from a file

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retrieval re·triev·al (rĭ-trē'vəl)
The third stage in the memory process, after encoding and storage, involving mental processes associated with bringing stored information back into consciousness.

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Example sentences
The other video investigates how the mechanized book-retrieval system in the university's newly constructed library works.
But he knew retrieval would be dangerous, and he struggled with the decision.
As he explained it, the actual retrieval process would be woefully slow and
  probably inaccurate.
Moreover, holographic techniques permit the retrieval of data at speeds not
  possible with current storage methods.
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