• WordNet 3.6
    • adv retrospectively in a manner contemplative of past events "retrospectively, he seems like a great artist"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Retrospectively By way of retrospect.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • retrospectively In retrospect; with reference to or with reflection upon the past; in law, ex post facto.
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  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.”
  • Bob Hope
    “When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things -- not the great occasions -- that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness.”
  • Malcolm Muggeridge
    “In retrospect, all these exercises in self-gratification seem pure fantasy, what Pascal called, licking the earth.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “So much of our time is spent in preparation, so much in routine, and so much in retrospect, that the amount of each person's genius is confined to a very few hours.”
  • Paul Theroux
    Paul Theroux
    “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.”


In literature:

However, I can speak of it all now in quiet retrospect and without bitterness.
"Frenzied Fiction" by Stephen Leacock
She was one of those unfortunate women who are capable of retrospective jealousy.
"The Woman With The Fan" by Robert Hichens
The most pleasing part about retrospect is the memory of our bygone hopes.
"Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2)" by Charles Lever
His tired eyes, fixed on the spring lane before them, saw in reality only the long retrospects of the past.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Langdon waited for the other to continue, but the Banker seemed wrapped up in a retrospect of the Silver Foot deal.
"Thoroughbreds" by W. A. Fraser
The retrospect was dreadful!
"Beaux and Belles of England" by Mary Robinson
Is the new law to have a retrospective force?
"Freeland" by Theodor Hertzka
Something in Elfreda's brusque tones acted as an antidote to her retrospection.
"Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus" by Jessie Graham Flower
In retrospect he counted those two hours between dinner and ten-thirty longer than the fortnight which had prefaced them.
"Alias The Lone Wolf" by Louis Joseph Vance
For how far may such a retrospect be extended?
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 10." by Samuel Johnson

In poetry:

Which ansethesis, noted a year late,
And weighed, revealed his great affect,
(Orchid), mandate
Of Eros, a retrospect.
"MAUBERLEY" by Ezra Pound
The sufferance of her race is shown,
And retrospect of life,
Which now too late deliverance dawns upon;
Yet is she not at strife.
""Formerly A Slave"" by Herman Melville
And canst thou, goddess, in thy potent stream,
Bid Retrospection yield its power to thine?
And Memory its sceptre too resign,
Making the past like a forgotten dream?
"To Oblivion" by Charlotte Dacre
Thy hope! wherein To-morrow set
No shadow; hope, that, lacking care
And retrospect, held no regret,
But bloomed in rainbows everywhere,
Filling with gladness all the air.
"The Faun" by Madison Julius Cawein
Join in the task, with retrospective eye;
Men's mem'ries should not perish 'neath the spade;
Pay homage to the dead, whose dying cry
Was for the Commonwealth, Mahone's Brigade.
"Mahone's Brigade" by James Barron Hope
``The Present and the Past shall seem but one,
Kingdoms, and Creeds, and Sceptres, passed away,
Stand out, in retrospection's noonday sun,
As Kingdoms, Creeds, and Sceptres, of to—day.
"Sacred And Profane Love" by Alfred Austin

In news:

For months the publicity drums have been beating for the Cindy Sherman retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.
A short-term Zony resurrection came amid plans for a 20-year retrospective marking Horvitz' time in Seattle after leaving the New York downtown/outside jazz scene.
A Young Artist, a Big Retrospective.
It was not for nothing that I led our 2007 Internet security retrospective and 2008 cyber storm forecast with a look at how online crooks are increasingly lurking on high-traffic sites to ensnare new victims.
The first full retrospective of Roy Lichtenstein's career since the artist died in 1997 at the age of 73 arrives at the National Gallery of Art on Sunday.
But seemingly overnight (in retrospect), farmers markets sprung up like healthy tomato plants.
Video Discussion of Luc Tuymans retrospective at Wexner Center.
IN Gerhard Richter's big, long-overdue retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art there's a painting of his wife, Sabine, reading.
No one who cares about contemporary art should miss the Eva Hesse retrospective here at the Yale University Art Gallery (through July 31).
Meridee Duddleston speaks with Michael Taylor about the Dali retrospective on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art until May 15th.
Beck comments on Tittle 's 'What it means to be a Cougar,' a BYU football retrospect.
Coblation cryptolysis to treat tonsil stones: A retrospective case series.
Bryan Adams is, of course, an award-winning, multi-platinum musician, but he's also a photographer who's currently promoting a new retrospective exhibit and companion book of his work.
I was very pleased to read Amei Wallach's article about the excellent Leon Golub retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum, an exhibition long overdue.
From Broadway to the Guthrie to Holidazzle: A Jack Edwards retrospective.

In science:

In retrospective, we think we have accomplished our goals in different forms and at different levels.
On Requirements for Programming Exercises from an E-learning Perspective
The purpose of this section is to give a brief historic retrospect to the respective courses of the development of random metric theory, risk measures and conditional risk measures in order to make it easier for the reader to see how random metric theory and the theory of conditional risk measures come together.
Recent progress in random metric theory and its applications to conditional risk measures
Since then, numerous domain-specific considerations led researchers to propose methods that, in retrospect, are variants of this basic framework.
Computation in Large-Scale Scientific and Internet Data Applications is a Focus of MMDS 2010
In retrospect, these enhanced matching conditions already appeared in one of the key Lemmas in our second joint paper [IP2] with Thomas H.
GW Invariants Relative Normal Crossings Divisors
In retrospect, that trek had elements of inevitability to it, but it also had surprises.
On-Line Selection of Alternating Subsequences from a Random Sample