Definition of retrospect in English:

retrospect

noun

  • A survey or review of a past course of events or period of time:

    ‘a full retrospect of the battle’
    • ‘As most of the passengers were settling down, Elf began a retrospect of the events of the past months.’
    • ‘The subject of this research was a retrospect of events, which happened during the thirties and first half of the forties (20th century).’
    • ‘If this doctrine be correct, it should be borne out by a retrospect of history.’
    • ‘The play is a retrospect, an incomplete remembrance of a summer some 40 years past, trivia recalled, major events trivialized.’
    • ‘Only a tiny fragment of the age is treated here and the retrospect is fairly myopic.’

Phrases

  • in retrospect

    • When looking back on a past event or situation; with hindsight:

      ‘perhaps, in retrospect, I shouldn't have gone’
      • ‘You wonder if perhaps, in retrospect, he wished he had stayed in the wings.’
      • ‘The balance is just right and in retrospect, it seems bizarre that this film was in danger of not being released after current events over the past few years.’
      • ‘Yet in retrospect, it is clear that problems were arising even then.’
      • ‘As economists and traders would agree, the most accurate insight into trends is viewed in retrospect.’
      • ‘Is there anything about it that you would have done differently, in retrospect?’
      • ‘Gradually I began to regain my calm, and the whole adventure seemed dim and almost humorous in retrospect.’
      • ‘He's fat, he drinks, he swears, sometimes he waves a pistol around; but in retrospect, life with Nigel seems a golden age.’
      • ‘Of course teenage ennui is deliciously enjoyable - but only in retrospect.’
      • ‘It was only in retrospect that her school years seemed dull.’
      • ‘Looking back at my junior high years, most of the things that felt like a big deal at the time seem trivial in retrospect.’
      looking back, thinking back, on reflection, on re-examination, in hindsight, with hindsight
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Origin

Early 17th century: from retro- ‘back’, on the pattern of the noun prospect.

Pronunciation:

retrospect

/ˈrɛtrəspɛkt/