retroactive law

noun

variants or retroactive statute
: a law that operates to make criminal or punishable or in any way expressly affects an act done prior to the passing of the law compare ex post facto law

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“Retroactive law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retroactive%20law. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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