retrograde Definition

  • 1directed or moving backwards
  • 2reverting to an earlier and inferior condition
  • 3having a backward motion or direction

Using retrograde: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "retrograde" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The planet appeared to be in retrograde motion.

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    The company's retrograde policies led to a decline in profits.

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    The country's economy is in a retrograde state.

  • Example

    The new law is seen as a retrograde step for civil rights.

retrograde Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with retrograde

  • a loss of memory for events that occurred before a traumatic event


    After the accident, he suffered from retrograde amnesia and couldn't remember anything from the previous week.

  • retrograde ejaculation

    a medical condition where semen is ejaculated into the bladder instead of out through the penis during orgasm


    The patient was diagnosed with retrograde ejaculation after experiencing difficulty in conceiving a child.

  • an orbit in which a satellite or other object moves in the opposite direction to the rotation of its host planet


    The moon Phoebe has a retrograde orbit around Saturn.

Origins of retrograde

from Latin 'retrogradus', from 'retro-' meaning 'backwards' and 'gradus' meaning 'step'


Summary: retrograde in Brief

The term 'retrograde' [ˈrɛtrəʊɡreɪd] refers to a backward motion or direction, or a return to an earlier and inferior condition. It can describe physical motion, as in 'The planet appeared to be in retrograde motion,' or societal change, as in 'The new law is seen as a retrograde step for civil rights.' Other uses include medical conditions like 'retrograde amnesia' and 'retrograde ejaculation,' and scientific concepts like 'retrograde orbit.'