Definition of Retroactive

1. Adjective. Descriptive of any event or stimulus or process that has an effect on the effects of events or stimuli or process that occurred previously.

Category relationships: Psychological Science, Psychology
Antonyms: Proactive



2. Adjective. Affecting things past. "Retro pay"
Exact synonyms: Ex Post Facto, Retro
Similar to: Retrospective
Derivative terms: Retro

Definition of Retroactive

1. a. Fitted or designed to retroact; operating by returned action; affecting what is past; retrospective.

Definition of Retroactive

1. Adjective. Extending in scope, effect, application or influence to a prior time or to prior conditions ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Retroactive

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Retroactive

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retro-
retro-colonial
retro-fitted
retro-futurism
retro-ocular
retro-orbital
retro-orbitally
retro future
retro running
retroact
retroacted
retroacting
retroaction
retroactions
retroactive (current term)
retroactive inhibition
retroactive law
retroactively
retroactiveness
retroactivities
retroactivity
retroacts
retroaddition
retroadditions
retroadductor space
retroauricular
retroauricular lymph nodes
retroazimuthal
retrobuccal

Literary usage of Retroactive

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Handbook of American Constitutional Law by Henry Campbell Black (1897)
"Validity of retroactive Statutes. 286. retroactive Effect Avoided by ... retroactive laws are not unconstitutional, unless they are in the nature of ex post ..."

2. Handbook of American Constitutional Law by Henry Campbell Black (1910)
"Validity of retroactive Statutes. 296. retroactive Effect Avoided by Construction. ... A retroactive (or retrospective) law is one which looks backward or ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1910)
"Code, $ 5730), which forbids the General Assembly to pass a retroactive law. ... A statute is "retroactive," in its legal sense, which creates a new ..."

4. Judicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases by West Publishing Company (1914)
"RETROSPECTIVE LAW A statute is "retroactive" which creates a new obligation on ... A "retroactive law" is one made to affect prior acts or transactions, ..."

5. The American and English Encyclopedia of Law by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland (1887)
"retroactive Laws.—There is nothing in the constitution of the United States to prohibit the several States from passing retroactive laws so long as they do ..."

6. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1903)
"retroactive AMNESIA: ILLUSTRATIVE CASES AND A TENTATIVE EXPLANATION. ... The purpose of this paper is to present one or two cases of retroactive amnesia and ..."

7. Statutes and Statutory Construction: Including a Discussion of Legislative by Jabez Gridley Sutherland (1904)
"retroactive statutes regarded with disfavor. ... retroactive statutes are those which operate on such acts and transactions and change their legal character ..."

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