how to pronounce retrospective


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retrospective is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of retrospective in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… but could be retrospective to allow …”

meanings of retrospective


  1. Of, relating to, or contemplating the past.
  2. Affecting or influencing past things; retroactive.
  3. Looking backwards.


  1. An exhibition of works from an extended period of an artist's activity.

retrospective frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word retrospective occurs in english on average 5.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics retrospective can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that retrospective can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) leisure and entertainment;

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