ret·​ro·​spec·​tion | \ ˌre-trə-ˈspek-shən How to pronounce retrospection (audio) \

Definition of retrospection

: the act or process or an instance of surveying the past

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Examples of retrospection in a Sentence

This is a time of retrospection for many people. the president is confident that future retrospections will cast his actions in a more favorable light
Recent Examples on the Web Due to its special nature, the episode required an alternative approach, one that relies heavily on old interviews, archival tape, more narration from Hirway than usual, and secondary retrospection. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 5 Jan. 2021 Looking back from the safety of decades of retrospection, Americans often take for granted that it was all destined to go our way. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Greatness should leave you craving more and Jay Electronica showed off a combination of lyrical ability and retrospection that hadn’t been seen in quite some time. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 13 Apr. 2021 Both Widow and Plays Well are interested in retrospection and grief, in the art of memory and in memorial art. Justin Taylor, Harper's Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021 There’s no retrospection on the high and lows of her career in formal interviews. Liana Van Nostrand, WSJ, 26 Feb. 2021 The construct of memoir (and its stylish young cousin, autofiction) involves the organizing filter of retrospection, lending the impression that life is a continuous narrative reel of action and consequence, of meanings to be universalized. New York Times, 26 Jan. 2021 But the Obama years loom particularly large across the Pacific region—and the retrospection is not all rosy. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 17 Nov. 2020 David Sedaris, one of the great American humorists, has reached the age of retrospection. Heller Mcalpin, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of retrospection

1624, in the meaning defined above

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“Retrospection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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