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[re-truh-spekt] /ˈrɛ trəˌspɛkt/
contemplation of the past; a survey of past time, events, etc.
verb (used without object)
to look back in thought; refer back (often followed by to):
to retrospect to a period in one's youth.
verb (used with object)
to look back upon; contemplate retrospectively.
in retrospect, in looking back on past events; upon reflection:
It was, in retrospect, the happiest day of her life.
Origin of retrospect
1595-1605; probably retro- + (pro)spect Unabridged
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Examples from the web for retrospect
  • But in retrospect, maybe he fixed his sights a little too rigidly on an arbitrary calendar date.
  • However harmless they are in retrospect, they never fail to startle, always causing me to pause and look around.
  • Our cars and factories had clearly triggered a worldwide reaction, which in retrospect shouldn't surprise us.
  • In retrospect, he viewed this journey as a dedicated work of art and forswore himself to only creating art from his walks.
  • Again, this is not law but in retrospect it might have been sensible.
  • First, in retrospect, it's probably a bad idea to use an art museum for any kind of all-you-can-drink event.
  • In retrospect, maybe the dearth of scientific references in this article should have hinted as to its status.
  • The procedure was used-and in retrospect greatly overused-as a treatment for a wide range of psychiatric disorders.
  • retrospect will be a safer basis of judgment than promises.
  • Head was a movie that had nowhere to go except down, but in retrospect, doesn't seem all that bad.
British Dictionary definitions for retrospect


the act of surveying things past (often in the phrase in retrospect)
verb (archaic)
to contemplate (anything past); look back on (something)
(intransitive) often foll by to. to refer
Word Origin
C17: from Latin retrōspicere to look back, from retro- + specere to look
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Word Origin and History for retrospect

c.1600, "a regard or reference" (to something), from Latin retrospectum, past participle of retrospicere "look back," from retro- "back" (see retro-) + specere "look at" (see scope (n.1)). Meaning "survey of past events" is from 1660s.

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