[ re-troh-ak-tiv-lee ]

  1. in a way that includes or refers to events that happened before the relevant rule, decision, or other measure came into effect:One other state has just passed a Racial Justice Act, but it doesn’t allow any of the inmates now on death row to file claims retroactively.

Origin of retroactively


Other words from retroactively

  • non·ret·ro·ac·tive·ly, adverb
  • un·ret·ro·ac·tive·ly, adverb

Words Nearby retroactively Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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