I. adjective Date: 1664 1. a. (1) of, relating to, or given to retrospection (2) based on memory <
a retrospective report
b. being a retrospective <
a retrospective exhibition
2. affecting things past ; retroactive <
retrospective laws
3. relating to or being a study (as of a disease) that starts with the present condition of a population of individuals and collects data about their past history to explain their present condition • retrospectively adverb II. noun Date: 1932 a generally comprehensive exhibition, compilation, or performance of the work of an artist over a span of years; broadly review 7a <
a retrospective of 20th century haute couture

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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