Pronunciation: (re'tru-spekt"), [key]
1. contemplation of the past; a survey of past time, events, etc.
2. in retrospect, in looking back on past events; upon reflection: It was, in retrospect, the happiest day of her life.
to look back in thought; refer back (often fol. by to): to retrospect to a period in one's youth.
to look back upon; contemplate retrospectively.
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