Definition of retroactive
: extending in scope or effect to a prior time or to conditions that existed or originated in the past; especially : made effective as of a date prior to enactment, promulgation, or imposition retroactive tax
retroactivityplay \-ˌak-ˈti-və-tē\ noun
Examples of retroactive in a Sentence
They all received a retroactive pay raise.
The new tax will be retroactive to January 1.
Recent Examples of retroactive from the Web
Benoit to DL Righthanded reliever Joaqun Benoit was placed on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to Thursday) with a left knee sprain.
There is no such thing as a retroactive waiver,’ Mr. Shaub said …
Repeal would not be retroactive and would not affect the prosecution of Salvesen.
Karns, whose disabled-list stint was retroactive to May 21, has experienced lingering discomfort in his right arm, which has slowed his rehab process, Yost said.
To make room for Robinson, left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez was placed on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to Friday) with a strained left elbow.
Margot’s stint on the 10-day DL is retroactive to May 25, but there is no timetable for his return.
One main point of contention: Harris said House Democrats are united in their opposition to making the income tax hike retroactive to Jan. 1 of this year as the Senate called for.
The Padres have placed right-hander Trevor Cahill on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain, a move retroactive to Thursday.
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Did You Know?
We normally think of time as constantly moving forward. Since retroactive seems to defy time's forward movement, retroactive taxes, laws, and regulations are often seen as particularly obnoxious and unfair. But nobody ever objects to receiving a retroactive raise at work. When we judge historical people and events in terms of present-day morality and attitudes, our retroactive judgments may indicate that we're too impressed with ourselves and ignorant of history.
Origin and Etymology of retroactive
French rétroactif, from Latin retroactus, past participle of retroagere to drive back, reverse, from retro- + agere to drive — more at agent
First Known Use: 1611
RETROACTIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of retroactive for English Language Learners
: effective from a particular date in the past
Medical Definition of retroactive
: having relation or reference to or efficacy in a prior time; specifically : relating to, caused by, or being obliteration of the results of learning by immediately subsequent activity retroactive inhibition
Legal Definition of retroactive
: extending in scope or effect to a prior time or to conditions that existed or originated in the past; especially : made effective as of a date prior to enactment, promulgation, or imposition a retroactive tax — see also ex post facto law
retroactivity\-ak-ˈti-və-tē\ play noun
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