retroactive ret‧ro‧ac‧tive [ˌretrəʊˈæktɪv◂ ǁ -troʊ-] adjective formal LAW
a law or decision that is retroactive is effective from a particular date in the past; = RETROSPECTIVE:
retroactive to

• The company said it will adopt the new accounting method retroactive to Jan. 1.

— retroactively adverb :

• The pension benefits apply retroactively to employees who retired on or after last Dec. 31.

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retroactively UK US /ˌretrəʊˈæktɪvli/ adverb LAW
with effect from a date in the past before a law, decision, etc. was approved: »

The legislation applies retroactively to January 1.


A student can apply after the fact, and we'll process it retroactively.


The management retroactively approved some of those expenditures.

See also RETROSPECTIVELY(Cf. ↑retrospectively)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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Look at other dictionaries:

  • Retroactively — Re tro*act ive*ly, adv. In a retroactive manner. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • retroactively — adverb Done after the fact; applying to events that have previously transpired. The new legislature passed a resolution retroactively legalizing the actions of the revolutionaries that brought them to power …   Wiktionary

  • retroactively — retroactive ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (especially of legislation) taking effect from a date in the past. DERIVATIVES retroaction noun retroactively adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • retroactively — adverb after the fact he will get paid retroactively • Derived from adjective: ↑retroactive …   Useful english dictionary

  • retroactively — adverb see retroactive …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • retroactively — See retroactive. * * * …   Universalium

  • retroactively — retrəʊ æktɪvlɪ adv. in the manner of taking effect on a past date …   English contemporary dictionary

  • retroactively — ret·ro·actively …   English syllables

  • retroactively — See: retroactive …   English dictionary

  • retroactively — /ˌretrəυ æktɪvli/ adverb going back to a time in the past …   Dictionary of banking and finance

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