Looking back in retrospect - tautology?

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English - USA

Is "looking back in retrospect" a tautology? Because according to Microsoft Word, a synonym for "in retrospect" is "looking back."
So based on that, it seems as though the same notion is being conveyed twice?

Here is the full sentence:

"Looking back in retrospect, I should have stayed in Philadelphia for one more year to finish my graduate degree."
  • e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    Not all tautologies are bad, of course, but I see no advantage in using both the phrases. In retrospect is enough.
    It is questionable style, like "one after the other in succession".
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