A retrospective (from Latin retrospectare, “look back”), generally, is a look back at events that took place, or works that were produced, in the past. As a noun, retrospective has specific meanings in medicine, software development, popular culture and the arts. It is applied as an adjective, synonymous with the term retroactive, to laws, standards, and awards.
Of, relating to, or contemplating the past.
Affecting or influencing past things; retroactive.
An exhibition of works from an extended period of an artist’s activity.
Likely or expected to happen or become.
“Prospective students are those who have already applied to the university, but have yet to be admitted.”
Anticipated in the near or far future.
Of or relating to a prospect; furnishing a prospect.
Looking forward in time; acting with foresight.
A study that starts with the present situation and follows participants into the future
Indicating grammatically an activity about to begin.
“What some other languages convey with prospective aspect, English conveys with expressions like going to drive the car home”.”
The scene before or around, in time or in space; view; prospect.
A perspective glass.
A prospective (potential) member, student, employee, date, partner, etc.
“Would you like to show the prospective around?”
“I’m meeting the prospectives at 3.”
expected or expecting to be the specified thing in the future
“she showed a prospective buyer around the house”
likely to happen at a future date
“a meeting to discuss prospective changes in government legislation”