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Origin of the word Retrospect:

The word retrospect comes from the Latin root ‘retro-,retr-’ meaning ‘back or backwards’ and ‘spect-’ meaning ‘to see’. This gives us the meaning of the word retrospect: to see backwards, that is to glance back into time.

A couple of other words that we can learn from the root ‘retro-‘ are:

  • Retrocede: To cede or grant back; as, to retrocede a territory to a former proprietor
  • Retrogress: Get worse or fall back to a previous condition
  • Retrograde: Move backward in an orbit, of celestial bodies/Move back

Masters Tip for Retrospect:

Learn it from the word Retro. Retro is to go back and retrospect is to go back into time.


Dictionary Definitions for Retrospect:

1. A review, survey, or contemplation of things in the past. (verb)

2. To contemplate the past. (verb)

3. To refer back. (verb)

Usage Examples for Retrospect:

1. One always retrospect’s one youth as an age of promise.

2. It was, in retrospect, the happiest day of Susan’s life.

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