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retroactive

[re-troh-ak-tiv] /ˌrɛ troʊˈæk tɪv/
adjective
1.
operative with respect to past occurrences, as a statute; retrospective:
a retroactive law.
2.
pertaining to a pay raise effective as of a past date.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; retro- + active
Related forms
retroactively, adverb
retroactivity, noun
nonretroactive, adjective
nonretroactively, adverb
nonretroactivity, noun
unretroactive, adjective
unretroactively, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for retro-active

retroactive

/ˌrɛtrəʊˈæktɪv/
adjective
1.
applying or referring to the past: retroactive legislation
2.
effective or operative from a date or for a period in the past
Derived Forms
retroactively, adverb
retroactiveness, retroactivity, noun
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Word Origin and History for retro-active

retroactive

adj.

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.

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