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Retrospective

From Boercade

retrospective = retro + spect + ive

retro-: back, backwards

spect: derived from Latin "specere", meaning "look"

-ive: [something]of doing something

So retrospective means: 

[Something] Of looking back (to an earlier state).

  1. "Of looking back to an earlier state" is an adjective, meaing "of retrospecting".
  2. "Something of looking back to an earlier state" is a noun, meaning "retrospection".

Evolution of usage

Let's take something of looking back to the earlier states of the history of human evolution.

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Let's take something of retrospecting of the history of human evolution.

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Let's take a retrospective of the history of human evolution.

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