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A review or contemplation of things in the past: "He pursed his lips in the exercise of a retrospect across the years" (Flann O'Brien).
v. ret·ro·spect·ed, ret·ro·spect·ing, ret·ro·spects
To think about the past.
To look back on or think about (things past).
in retrospect
In looking back on or reviewing the past.

[From Latin *retrōspectus, past participle of retrōspicere, to look back at : retrō-, retro- + specere, to look at; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]

ret′ro·spec′tion n.


the act of recalling things past, esp in one's personal experience


(ˌrɛ trəˈspɛk ʃən)

1. the action, process, or faculty of looking back on things past.
2. a survey of past events or experiences.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.retrospection - reference to things past; "the story begins with no introductory retrospections"
mention, reference - a remark that calls attention to something or someone; "she made frequent mention of her promotion"; "there was no mention of it"; "the speaker made several references to his wife"
2.retrospection - memory for experiences that are past; "some psychologists tried to contrast retrospection and introspection"
remembering, memory - the cognitive processes whereby past experience is remembered; "he can do it from memory"; "he enjoyed remembering his father"


[ˌretrəʊˈspekʃən] Nretrospección f, consideración f del pasado


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