Examples from the Web for retroactive
For a pair such as Viola and Perov, who have co-created work for decades, there is also precedent for retroactive co-authorship.
Lavalle and his three pals allegedly pocketed a cut of the retroactive lump sum ofas much as $100,000 that each claimant received.
What this may do is reduce the retroactive awards that folks get when they finally manage to get their disability claim approved.Obama's Budget: Has He Gone Too Far, or Not Far Enough?|Megan McArdle|April 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The corroboration that apparently led him to put faith in Ben-Menashe's testimony was retroactive.Reagan's "October Surprise" is Still Getting Debunked|Noah Kristula-Green|April 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Despite his red-hot debate showings—and a retroactive win in Iowa—Senator Sweatervest was basically a nonfactor in Florida.Florida Primary: Rick Santorum’s Daughter’s Illness|Michelle Cottle|February 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
On the other hand, the retroactive effects of true charity are most beneficial.The Moral Instruction of Children|Felix Adler
This heroine is very nobly and vividly imaged, and we feel the poet to be full of a retroactive as well as a present patriotism.Views and Reviews|Henry James
A retroactive act of that State had declared them slaves again, and they had fled to Philadelphia where they were arrested.Fugitive Slaves|Marion Gleason McDougall
But a person who cannot take this oath, retroactive though it be, must have been a traitor.Charles Sumner; His Complete Works, Volume X (of 20)|Charles Sumner
That order could have no retroactive effect, to make his orders to have been valid in the past.The American Indian as Participant in the Civil War|Annie Heloise Abel
British Dictionary definitions for retroactive
Word Origin and History for retroactive
1610s, from French rétroactif (16c.) "casting or relating back," from Latin retroact-, past participle stem of retroagere "drive or turn back," from retro- "back" (see retro-) + agere "to drive, set in motion" (see act (v.)). Related: Retroactively.