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retrospectivenoun [C]

uk   /ˌret.rəˈspek.tɪv/  us   /ˌret.rəˈspek.tɪv/
a show of the ​work an ​artist has done in ​theirlife so ​far: a Hockney retrospective/a retrospective of Hockney's ​work

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 ​stampduty on ​propertytransactions as 'an ​unfair and retrospective ​tax' on ​long-termsavers.
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(Definition of retrospective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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