retrograde

Pronunciation /ˈrɛtrəɡreɪd/
adjective
1 Directed or moving backwards.
1.1 Astronomy Astrology (of the apparent motion of a planet) in a reverse direction from normal (from east to west), resulting from the relative orbital progress of the earth and the planet
The opposite of prograde
1.2 Astronomy (of the orbit or rotation of a planet or planetary satellite) in a reverse direction from that normal in the solar system.
‘the outer satellites move in retrograde orbits’

Origin
Late Middle English (as a term in astronomy): from Latin retrogradus, from retro ‘backwards’ + gradus ‘step’ (from gradi ‘to walk’).

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Stepping retrograde from the cliff’s edge really is a positive thing.

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