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1retrospective

adjective ret·ro·spec·tive \-ˈspek-tiv\

: of or relating to the past or something that happened in the past

: effective from a particular date in the past

Full Definition of RETROSPECTIVE

1
a (1) :  of, relating to, or given to retrospection (2) :  based on memory <a retrospective report>
b :  being a retrospective <a retrospective exhibition>
2
:  affecting things past :  retroactive <retrospective laws>
3
:  relating to or being a study (as of a disease) that starts with the present condition of a population of individuals and collects data about their past history to explain their present condition
ret·ro·spec·tive·ly adverb
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Examples of RETROSPECTIVE

  1. They issued a retrospective report.
  2. a retrospective analysis of what went wrong
  3. The museum is having a retrospective exhibit of the artist's early works.

First Known Use of RETROSPECTIVE

1664

2retrospective

noun

: an exhibition of work that an artist has done in the past

Full Definition of RETROSPECTIVE

:  a generally comprehensive exhibition, compilation, or performance of the work of an artist over a span of years; broadly :  review 7a <a retrospective of 20th century haute couture>

Examples of RETROSPECTIVE

  1. The museum is featuring a retrospective of Picasso's early works.

First Known Use of RETROSPECTIVE

1932
Medical Dictionary

retrospective

adjective ret·ro·spec·tive \-ˈspek-tiv\

Medical Definition of RETROSPECTIVE

1
a :  of, relating to, or given to introspection b :  relating to or being a study (as of a disease) that starts with the present condition of a population of individuals and collects data about their past history to explain their present condition—compare prospective
2
:  based on memory
ret·ro·spec·tive·ly adverb

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