retrospectiveret‧ro‧spec‧tive1 /ˌretrəˈspektɪv◂/ adjective [usually before noun] 🔊 🔊 1PASTrelated to or thinking about the past 🔊 a retrospective study of 110 patients2SCLPG British English a law or decision that is retrospective is effective from a particular date in the past syn retroactive 🔊 retrospective legislation 🔊 Teachers settled for a 4.2% pay rise with retrospective effect from 1 April. —retrospectively adverb 🔊 The new rule will be applied retrospectively.
retrospectiveretrospective2 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 AVa show of the work of an artist, actor, film-maker etc that includes examples of all the kinds of work they have done 🔊 a Hitchcock retrospectiveretrospective of 🔊 a retrospective of painter Hans Hofmann
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retrospective• The retrospective includes 10 of the 12 films written and directed by Sturges.• He exhibited at Betty Parson's gallery and wo Whitney retrospectives of his work were held in 1963 and 1974.From Longman Business Dictionaryretrospectiveret‧ro‧spec‧tive /ˌretrəˈspektɪv◂/ adjectiveLAWa law or decision that is retrospective is effective from a particular date in the past SYN RETROACTIVEThe bank tried to persuade the government to enact retrospective legislation to legalize the contracts. —retrospectively adverb