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retroaction

[re-troh-ak-shuh n]
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noun
  1. action that is opposed or contrary to the preceding action.

Origin of retroaction

First recorded in 1560–70; retro- + action
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Examples from the Web for retroaction

Historical Examples

  • In inspiration there is retroaction, and, in some sort, distrust.

    Delsarte System of Oratory

    Various

  • It is to these people, and by retroaction, to yourselves, that you do harm when you govern unjustly.

  • Hitherto it had seemed to me clearly proven that admiring contemplation entailed this retroaction.


British Dictionary definitions for retroaction

retroaction

noun
  1. an action contrary or reciprocal to a preceding action
  2. a retrospective action, esp a law affecting events prior to its enactment
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