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.

1595–1605; probably retro- + (pro)spect Unabridged
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retrospect (ˈrɛtrəʊˌspɛkt)
1.  the act of surveying things past (often in the phrase in retrospect)
vb (often foll by to)
2.  to contemplate (anything past); look back on (something)
3.  to refer
[C17: from Latin retrōspicere to look back, from retro- + specere to look]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, from L. retrospectum, pp. of retrospicere "look back," from retro- "back" + specere "look at" (see scope (1)). Retrospective (adj.) is attested from 1660s; as a noun, it is recorded from 1964, short for retrospective exhibition (1919), etc.
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Example sentences
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.
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