1. an exhibition of a representative selection of an artist's life work
1. concerned with or related to the past
; - Example: "retrospective self-justification"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Retrospective \Re`tro*spec"tive\, a. [Cf. F. r['e]trospectif.]
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: concerned with or related to the past; "retrospective
self-justification" [ant: prospective]
n 1: an exhibition of a representative selection of an artist's
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
45 Moby Thesaurus words for "retrospective":
a priori, back, backward, demonstration, display, early, enactment,
evocative, ex post facto, exhibit, exhibition, exposition,
exposure, in retrospect, into the past, memoried, mindful,
mnemonic, opening, ostentation, performance, presentation,
presentment, production, projection, recollected, redolent,
reexperienced, relived, remembered, remindful, reminiscent,
representation, restored, retentive, retroactive, revived, show,
showing, suggestive, unfolding, unfoldment, unveiling,
varnishing day, vernissage