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For RETROSPECTIVE, below is one of 17 sentences:
The Museum of Graphic Arts is holding a retrospective showing of the paintings of Michael Whelan over the past two decades.

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 Meanings and Examples of RETROSPECTIVE
Definition Example Sentence Classic Sentence
 a.  looking back on, or directed to the past; applying to or influencing the past
Classic Sentence:
1  This view of the Gryce incident chimed too well with Selden's mood not to be instantly adopted by him, with a flash of retrospective contempt for what had once seemed the obvious solution.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 1: Chapter 14
2  Mr. Bumble put down his hat; unbuttoned his coat; folded his arms; inclined his head in a retrospective manner; and, after a few moments' reflection, commenced his story.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XVII
3  While the wedding was in preparation, and while awaiting the date fixed upon, he caused difficult and scrupulous retrospective researches to be made.
Les Misérables 5 By Victor Hugo
4  Your retrospections must be so totally void of reproach, that the contentment arising from them is not of philosophy, but, what is much better, of innocence.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 58
5  As Mr. Kirwin said this, notwithstanding the agitation I endured on this retrospect of my sufferings, I also felt considerable surprise at the knowledge he seemed to possess concerning me.
Frankenstein By Mary Shelley
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 21
6  Whether his spirits were elevated by the communication I had made to him, or by his having indulged in this retrospect, I don't know; but they were raised by some influence.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 39. WICKFIELD AND HEEP
7  It seemed even sadder, in retrospect, beside the bustle and prosperity of Atlanta.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER LVII
8  Mr. Jaggers nodded his head retrospectively two or three times, and actually drew a sigh.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In Chapter LI
9  Here besides the law of retrospection, which regards all the past as a preparation for events that subsequently occur, the law of reciprocity comes in, confusing the whole matter.
War and Peace 4 By Leo Tolstoy
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 10: CHAPTER VII
Example Sentence:
1  A retrospective influence pervaded the whole performance.
2  Every artist should be allowed to design the retrospective box set that will define a lifetime, as has Santana.
3  Afterwards, retrospective fear of the responsibility would make her feel almost faint.
4  The Museum of Graphic Arts is holding a retrospective showing of the paintings of Michael Whelan over the past two decades.
5  In retrospect, I wonder if we should have done more.
6  In retrospect, I think my marriage was doomed from the beginning.
7  In retrospect it is clear to me that my arrival at Salomon marked the beginning of the end of that hallowed institution.
8  I had a detailed retrospect of my association with the two girls.