Definition of retrospective adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌretrəˈspektɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌretrəˈspektɪv//
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  1. 1thinking about or connected with something that happened in the past She felt a pang of retrospective sympathy for Mel.
  2. 2(less frequent, formal retroactive) (of a new law or decision) intended to take effect from a particular date in the past rather than from the present date retrospective legislation retrospective pay awards
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