- operative with respect to past occurrences, as a statute; retrospective: a retroactive law.
- pertaining to a pay raise effective as of a past date.
Origin of retroactive
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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.Why the Art World Ignores Wives
March 17, 2014
Lavalle and his three pals allegedly pocketed a cut of the retroactive lump sum ofas much as $100,000 that each claimant received.The 9/11 Scam: New York’s Disability Disgrace
January 8, 2014
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?
April 5, 2013
The corroboration that apparently led him to put faith in Ben-Menashe's testimony was retroactive.Reagan's "October Surprise" is Still Getting Debunked
April 26, 2012
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
February 1, 2012
There is not any question that we do not want to make it retroactive.
“Retroactive to the time I started working on the story,” added Penny.Clue of the Silken Ladder
Mildred A. Wirt
On the other hand, the retroactive effects of true charity are most beneficial.The Moral Instruction of Children
This is what occurs in the retroactive attitude of the head.
Love is expressed by a retroactive, never by a forward movement.
- applying or referring to the pastretroactive legislation
- effective or operative from a date or for a period in the past
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Word Origin and History for retroactive
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