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Definition to review with hindsight (with the understanding that comes after seeing how things turned out)
  • In retrospect, I wish we had done things differently.
retrospect = to review with hindsight
  • In retrospect, I probably could not have picked a worse time.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • retrospect = to review with hindsight
  • Again Judith groaned; this time no feeling of self, no retrospect of the past caused the pain.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • We were adamantly self-reliant—maybe, in retrospect, to the point of being prideful.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • In retrospect, it all seemed an elaborate act to usher the condemned onto their stage.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • It seemed even sadder, in retrospect, beside the bustle and prosperity of Atlanta.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • —It is, in fact, a most mortifying retrospect for me.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • In the retrospect it is strange to remember how soon I fell in with these monsters' ways, and gained my confidence again.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • "I was more frightened in retrospect," he said.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • In retrospect, it was in rather bad taste, but I didn't know what would befall him.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The woman did not see well, or saw two things where one occurred, and her hand on the child's face seemed to work a marvel of retrospection.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • She seemed sympathetic but, come to think of it in retrospect, she and Jason may have been in on it together.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • The short dialogue with Priscilla in the garden had determined the current of retrospect in that frequent direction this particular Sunday afternoon.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Neither did I. Nothing could touch us, I see in retrospect, except the emotions of that moment.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • A period of introspection, a space of retrospection, then a mixture of both.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Sweat
  • 'Well, never mind,' he added hastily, as if ashamed in retrospect of his surprise attack.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • "A very serious error in judgment, don't you think, in retrospect?
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • That was wrong, in retrospect, as their interests proved to be in conflict.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • "In retrospect," he said, "perhaps the raid on the Dumort was not as well-planned as it might have been.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • I assigned it to the Trench Rats solely because of you, but in retrospect that might have been a mistake.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom

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