Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Looking back on, contemplating, or directed to the past.
  • adj. Looking or directed backward.
  • adj. Applying to or influencing the past; retroactive.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a retrospective: a retrospective art exhibition.
  • n. An exhibition or performance of works produced by an artist over a considerable period.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, relating to, or contemplating the past
  • adj. looking backwards
  • adj. affecting or influencing past things; retroactive
  • n. an exhibition of works from an extended period of an artist's activity

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Looking backward; contemplating things past; -- opposed to prospective.
  • adj. Having reference to what is past; affecting things past; retroactive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Looking backward; considering the past.
  • In law, retroactive; affecting matters which occurred before it was adopted: as, a retrospective act, law, or statute.
  • Capable of being looked back to; occurring in the past; bygone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. concerned with or related to the past
  • n. an exhibition of a representative selection of an artist's life work

Etymologies

retrospect+-ive. from Latin retrospectare (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Best of Lucius Shepard, a career retrospective, is now available from Subterranean Press, and next year will see the publication of a new as yet untitled novel.

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  • Between 60 and 41 yesterday we included a four-sided memoir of a one-of-a-kind childhood, a big retrospective from a master of the short-short-short story, a delirious trilogy-ender from the Demon Dog himself, a tiny and spellbindingly lovely novel of memory, and a travel tale far smarter than its sexpot cover would lead you to think.

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  • A highlight of the retrospective is "Eldorado/Creation" (2008), in which he captures a new dance piece choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj, featuring a score by Karlheinz Stockhausen.

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  • So, as a retrospective is it causing the mayhem that you predicted?

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  • I risked driving through the dangerous weather to get here, and in retrospective I probably shouldn't have.

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  • My fifth book-review retrospective is from February, and my choice is Sun Storm by Asa Larsson.

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  • My twentieth, and last in this series, book-review retrospective is The Shadow in the River, by Frode Grytten, from May.

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  • My eighth book-review retrospective is The Scent of the Night, the sixth of a wonderful series of books by Andrea Camilleri.

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  • The eleventh choice in my daily book-review retrospective is another from March, The Pure in Heart, by Susan Hill.

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  • One of the people they interview in their 1999 retrospective is Catherine Hardwicke.

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