retrospective vs retroactive : Common Errors in English

About retrospective vs retroactive

“Retrospective” has to do with looking back, as is shown by the similarity of its middle syllable to words like “spectacles.” A retrospective exhibit looks back at the earlier work of an artist.“Retroactive,” on the other hand, refers to actions, and is about making a current change applicable to the past, especially in law. Retroactive punishment is generally considered unjust. For instance, the city council can’t pass an ordinance retroactively punishing you for having sung off-key in the karaoke bar on Main Street last Saturday night.

retrospective Meaning(s)

  • (n) an exhibition of a representative selection of an artist's life work
  • (a) concerned with or related to the past

retroactive Meaning(s)

  • (s) affecting things past
  • (a) descriptive of any event or stimulus or process that has an effect on the effects of events or stimuli or process that occurred previously

retrospective in News

  1. Retrospective planned for artist Bob Timberlake

    Artist and designer Bob Timberlake will discuss an upcoming retrospective of his work at a gallery in Winston-Salem.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Erie Times-News

  2. Timberlake retrospective to benefit The Arts Council

    Acclaimed American realist artist/designer Bob Timberlake is presenting a 70-year retrospective in the Womble Carlyle Gallery of the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts as a benefit for The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County's 2013 Annual Fund Campaign.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Lexington Dispatch

  3. A Retrospective Exhibition featuring Rare and Never Before Seen Artworks By Washington Color Painter Paul Reed at ...

    David Richard Gallery will present a career retrospective exhibition for Washington Color Painter, Paul Reed (American, b. 1919) that features paintings and drawings on canvas and paper as well as rare and never before seen artworks that span more than five decades. The exhibition, “Paul Reed, A Career Exploring Color and Visual Perception,” will be presented June 21 through July 27, 2013 with ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: PRWeb

retroactive in News

  1. 39,000 "Thank You's" for Snowden -- and Counting

    AT&T leaker video: Give Snowden Retroactive Immunity
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Kansas City InfoZine

  2. Padres call up ex-TinCap

    The San Diego Padres recalled outfielder Jaff Decker, who played for the TinCaps' 2009 Midwest League championship team, from Triple-A Tucson and placed center fielder Cameron Maybin on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, with a tear in the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

  3. Padres recall Decker, put Maybin on 15-day DL

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Padres have recalled outfielder Jaff (pronounced ''Jeff'') Decker from Triple-A Tucson and placed center fielder Cameron Maybin on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, with a tear in the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports

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