retrospect

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v retrospect look back upon (a period of time, sequence of events); remember "she reviewed her achievements with pride"
    • n retrospect contemplation of things past "in retrospect"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Retrospect A looking back on things past; view or contemplation of the past. "We may introduce a song without retrospect to the old comedy."
    • v. i Retrospect To look backward; hence, to affect or concern what is past. "It may be useful to retrospect to an early period."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • retrospect To look back upon; consider retrospectively.
    • n retrospect The act of looking backward; contemplation or consideration of the past; hence, a review or survey of past events.
    • n retrospect Hence That to which one looks back; the past; a past event or consideration.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Retrospect ret′rō-spekt or rē′- a looking back: a contemplation of the past: the past
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Quotations

  • Robert Louis Stevenson
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    “The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
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    “It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.”
  • Bob Hope
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    “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
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    “In retrospect, all these exercises in self-gratification seem pure fantasy, what Pascal called, licking the earth.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “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
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    “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. retrospicere,; retro, back + specere, spectum, to look. See Spy and cf,. Expect
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. retrospectus, pa.p. of retrospicĕreretro, back, specĕre, to look.

Usage

In literature:

Having entered into this retrospect for the benefit of the reader, we will now proceed.
"Snarleyyow" by Captain Frederick Marryat
That period viewed retrospectively seems to me like one of a kind of madness.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol X" by Various
Note the fine retrospect when approaching Pease Pottage (31-1/4 m.).
"Seaward Sussex" by Edric Holmes
My dreams are all retrospective.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
The things that seemed important when they were present seem pitifully insignificant in the retrospect.
"Our Lady Saint Mary" by J. G. H. Barry
And as with the anticipation of suffering, so with its retrospect.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. IX., March, 1862., No. LIII." by Various
Animation, retrospection, agitation chase from his seamed face all traces of drowsiness.
"The New North" by Agnes Deans Cameron
Now let us take a retrospective view of this our noble theme, and our interest will be the more strengthened thereon.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, No. 357" by Various
Seen in retrospect, they all seem tame and unalluring.
"A Backward Glance at Eighty" by Charles A. Murdock
Pondering there, immersed in frowning retrospection, the room, the Tracer, the city seemed to fade from his view.
"The Tracer of Lost Persons" by Robert W. Chambers
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In poetry:

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
To Acrocorinth's brow I climb,
And, lulled in retrospective bliss,
Descry, as through the mists of time,
Faintly the far Acropolis.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Through many a clime 'tis mine to go,
With many a retrospection curst;
And all my solace is to know,
Whate'er betides, I've known the worst.
"Childe Harold's Pilgrimage: A Romaunt. Canto I. " by Lord George Gordon Byron
ASHES of soldiers!
As I muse, retrospective, murmuring a chant in thought,
Lo! the war resumes—again to my sense your shapes,
And again the advance of armies.
"Ashes Of Soldiers" by Walt Whitman
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
``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:

" Orson Welles " —An eight-week retrospective Film Forum 209 West Houston Street Thru April 15, 212-727-8110.
Detail of "Melon Fields," featured in Alexander's retrospective at the American Art Museum.
I was so young that in retrospect as a young adult, I questioned my own memory.
Today is the one-year anniversary of the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, and to mark the date Apple has replaced its normal website with a video retrospective of his life as well as a message from CEO Tim Cook.
Sheldon gallery shows retrospective of Mitchell's photojournalism career.
The Edward Tyler Nahem gallery in New York City has recently decided to show Piss Christ again, in a retrospective of the photographer Andres Serrano's work.
Lichtenstein's first museum retrospective and one of Warhol's early important shows happened in the Golden State.
Just around the corner from Mr Richter's retrospective is "Life of the City," a three-part show of New York photographs.
Pearl Harbor in Retrospect .
Opening Day at Portland Meadows Retrospect .
Retrospect has new releases for Mac OS X, Windows.
2Day's 2 Cents: In retrospect , these Twins starters look darn good.
' Adventurer ' artist Edgar Payne retrospective set at Gilcrease Museum.
You really should read the MSDN blog entry, if for no other reason than its interesting retrospective on the history of Windows.
Tunji Oyelana To Whom It May Concern A Nigerian Retrospective CD 1.
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In science:

The fact that one is restricted to this choice of Γt is probably not very surprising in retrospective, but this issue does not seem to have been discussed in the existing literature.
Recursive Parameter Estimation: Asymptotic expansion
In this paper a retrospectives and some new schemes of this technique for a wide type of RAM are presented.
New Schemes for Self-Testing RAM
However, like every retrospect line of evidence, such observations are open to other interpretations, and the conclusions are not unquestionable.
Observational Evidence for Tidal Interaction in Close Binary Systems
This is clear in retrospect with the insight of the 6 additional months of data.
The Financial Bubble Experiment: advanced diagnostics and forecasts of bubble terminations
This type of retrospective sampling trick has been used in a variety of MCMC algorithms for infinite-dimensional models Beskos et al. [2006], Papaspiliopoulos and Roberts [2008].
Nonparametric Bayesian Density Modeling with Gaussian Processes
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