Definition of retrospect in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɛtrəspɛkt/


A survey or review of a past course of events or period of time: a full retrospect of the battle
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  • As most of the passengers were settling down, Elf began a retrospect of the events of the past months.
  • The subject of this research was a retrospect of events, which happened during the thirties and first half of the forties (20th century).
  • If this doctrine be correct, it should be borne out by a retrospect of history.


in retrospect

When looking back on a past event or situation; with hindsight: perhaps, in retrospect, I shouldn’t have gone
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  • You wonder if perhaps, in retrospect, he wished he had stayed in the wings.
  • Is there anything about it that you would have done differently, in retrospect?
  • He's fat, he drinks, he swears, sometimes he waves a pistol around; but in retrospect, life with Nigel seems a golden age.
looking back, thinking back, on reflection, on re-examination, in/with hindsight


Early 17th century: from retro- 'back', on the pattern of the noun prospect.

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