AskDefine | Define retrospect

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retrospect n : contemplation of things past; "in retrospect" v : look back upon (a period of time, sequence of events, etc.); remember; "she reviewed her achievements with pride" [syn: review, look back]

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IPA: /ˈrɛtroˌspɛkt/


etyl la retrospectum, from retrospicio.


  1. consideration of past times
    • 1853: Charlotte Bronte, "Villette" - My mind, calmer and stronger now than last night, made for itself some imperious rules, prohibiting under deadly penalties all weak retrospect of happiness past; commanding a patient journeying through the wilderness of the present...


consideration of past times

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Extensive Definition

Retrospect is a family of backup software applications for the Mac OS, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems. Its maker Dantz Development Corporation was acquired by EMC Corporation in 2004.
The most common variants are:
  • Retrospect Express HD, supports backup to local and remote hard drives
  • Retrospect Express, adds support for removable media,
  • Retrospect, adds tape drives and network backup support. In the network backup scenario a backup host pulls data from multiple networked workstations.
Retrospect is both available for retail sale, and is often bundled with an external hard drive (though often the limited Retrospect Express version).
Retrospect Express was the successor to Dantz's DiskFit Direct backup product, which came bundled with Iomega's Zip 100 drive.
Retrospect was originally developed for the Macintosh and provided network backup support over Appletalk networks.
retrospect in German: Retrospect (Software)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

afterthought, bring back, bring to mind, call back, call to mind, call up, cite, commitment to memory, conjure up, evoke, exercise of memory, flashback, go back, go back over, hark back, hindsight, learning by heart, look back, looking back, memoir, memorization, memorizing, mind, recall, recall to mind, recalling, recapture, recollect, recollecting, recollection, reconsideration, reevoke, reflect, reflection, remember, remembering, remembrance, remind, reminisce, reminiscence, retain, retrace, retrospection, review, review in retrospect, revision, revive, rote, rote memory, see in retrospect, study, summon up, think back, think of, use hindsight
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