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retrospection

[re-truh-spek-shuh n] /ˌrɛ trəˈspɛk ʃən/
noun
1.
the action, process, or faculty of looking back on things past.
2.
a survey of past events or experiences.
Origin of retrospection
1625-1635
1625-35; retrospect + -ion
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  • The present political circumstances of Spain are not calculated to favour the retrospection of by-gone glories.

    The Pictureque Antiquities of Spain; Nathaniel Armstrong Wells
  • He began to see things truly by the drab light of retrospection.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • retrospection was once a way of escape for those who had not the vitality to face their own fine day with its exacting demands.

    Waiting for Daylight Henry Major Tomlinson
  • At the present moment she was going over the situation in retrospection.

  • The tears blind me as I go back in retrospection and think over the men that warred against themselves.

    Tenting on the Plains Elizabeth B. Custer
  • "There will be no retrospection this evening, if you please," her voice rather metallic.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • Life is so short and I have so much yet that I hope to do in it, that I simply refuse my mind the pleasures of retrospection.

    The Drunkard Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • It was a trick of memory with which she indulged herself on occasion, this one of retrospection.

    At Fault Kate Chopin.
  • No retrospection can raise them out of their ruins, or withdraw them beyond the law of their perpetual fate.

British Dictionary definitions for retrospection

retrospection

/ˌrɛtrəʊˈspɛkʃən/
noun
1.
the act of recalling things past, esp in one's personal experience
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Word Origin and History for retrospection
n.

1630s, noun of action from past participle stem of Latin retrospicere (see retrospect).

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