retrospection


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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 ?
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. She had no time--no second of time to devote to the past.
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.
Happily for Adrienne, she had too many positive cares, to be enabled to waste many minutes either in retrospection, or in endeavors to conjecture the future.
He was roused from the reverie of retrospection and regret produced by it, by some inquiry from Edmund as to his plans for the next day's hunting; and he found it was as well to be a man of fortune at once with horses and grooms at his command.
As the Marchioness Manson rose to her climax her face assumed an expression of ecstatic retrospection which would have moved Archer's mirth had he not been numb with amazement.
Mercedes Higgins sighed cheerfully and for the time was lost in retrospection. Saxon was curious to hear more about this woman who must have lived much as the Spanish-Californians had lived in the old days.
backward, and can have only retrospection, seeing naught but the
He smiled in retrospection at the discomfiture of his enemy, and in anticipation of another day as he added an extra strand to his new rope.
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.