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"retrospective" in British English

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retrospectivenoun [C]

uk   /ˌret.rəˈspek.tɪv/ us   /ˌret.rəˈspek.tɪv/

retrospectiveadjective

uk   /ˌret.rəˈspek.tɪv/ us   /ˌret.rəˈspek.tɪv/
retrospectively
adverb uk   /ˌret.rəˈspek.tɪv.li/ us   /ˌret.rəˈspek.tɪv.li/
Retrospectively, I can see where we went wrong.
(Definition of retrospective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"retrospective" in American English

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retrospectiveadjective

us   /ˌre·trəˈspek·tɪv/
looking back over the past: He was the subject of a retrospective exhibit.
(Definition of retrospective from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"retrospective" in Business English

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retrospectiveadjective

uk   /ˌretrəʊˈspektɪv/ us   /ˌretrəˈspektɪv/ LAW
if a law, decision, etc. is retrospective, it has effect from a date in the past before it was approved: The new law will not be retrospective. He described stamp duty on property transactions as 'an unfair and retrospective tax' on long-term savers.
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(Definition of retrospective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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