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ret·ro·spect

 (rĕt′rə-spĕkt′)
n.
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
v.intr.
To think about the past.
v.tr.
To look back on or think about (things past).
Idiom:
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.

retrospection

(ˌrɛtrəʊˈspɛkʃən)
n
the act of recalling things past, esp in one's personal experience

ret•ro•spec•tion

(ˌrɛ trəˈspɛk ʃən)

n.
1. the action, process, or faculty of looking back on things past.
2. a survey of past events or experiences.
[1625–35]
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"
Translations
Retrospektion

retrospection

[ˌretrəʊˈspekʃən] Nretrospección f, consideración f del pasado

retrospection

References in classic literature ?
Your retrospections must be so totally void of reproach, that the contentment arising from them is not of philosophy, but, what is much better, of innocence.
But she finds great pleasure in such retrospections, great pleasure.
And there, as they slowly paced the gradual ascent, heedless of every group around them, seeing neither sauntering politicians, bustling housekeepers, flirting girls, nor nursery-maids and children, they could indulge in those retrospections and acknowledgements, and especially in those explanations of what had directly preceded the present moment, which were so poignant and so ceaseless in interest.
Here besides the law of retrospection, which regards all the past as a preparation for events that subsequently occur, the law of reciprocity comes in, confusing the whole matter.
She herself indulged in no such morbid retrospection.
Again and again he experienced in retrospection the exquisite thrill that had run through every fiber of his being at the sight of her averted eyes and flushed face.
Knowing by experience that the plainest narrative attainable from persons who are not accustomed to arrange their ideas, is the narrative which goes far enough back at the beginning to avoid all impediments of retrospection in its course, I asked Mrs.