Retrospective Re`tro*spec"tive, a. [Cf. F. r['e]trospectif.] 1. Looking backward; contemplating things past; -- opposed to {prospective}; as, a retrospective view. [1913 Webster]

The sage, with retrospective eye. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. Having reference to what is past; affecting things past; retroactive; as, a retrospective law. [1913 Webster]

Inflicting death by a retrospective enactment. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

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