Representative exhibition of an artist's life work, as, the centennial retrospective of Matisse.
Latin retro- (back) and specere (to look).

Re`tro*spec"tive (?), a. [Cf. F. r'etrospectif.]

1.

Looking backward; contemplating things past; -- opposed to prospective; as, a retrospective view.

The sage, with retrospective eye. Pope.

2.

Having reference to what is past; affecting things past; retroactive; as, a retrospective law.

Inflicting death by a retrospective enactment. Macaulay.

 

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