Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Done after the fact; applying to events that have previously transpired.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a retroactive manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a retroactive manner; with reversed or retrospective action.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. after the fact

Etymologies

retroactive +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It didn't always make sense, but you could tell that the writers were sincere about laying the longterm groundwork, or at least successful in retroactively paying off random moments from the earlier films.

    Scott Mendelson: Goodbye John: A Farewell to Saw, as Jigsaw Lays His Last Trap

  • I'm not a lawyer, but I think the concept of applying a law retroactively is contrary both to the letter and the spirit of our laws and Constitution.

    Prop 8 Goes Back to Court

  • Earlier this year, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said he was considering changing terms retroactively — meaning the government could extract better terms on previously assigned leases.

    Big Gas Find Sparks a Frenzy in Israel

  • For a second day in a row, police bring out the K-9 units to search a heavily wooded area near little Caylee ` s home, police now honing in on specific days just after Caylee last seen, Father ` s Day weekend, attempting to ping or trace mom, Casey ` s, calls retroactively, this while yet another family jailhouse visit is canceled.

    CNN Transcript Aug 12, 2008

  • I told myself that they changed the project name retroactively so they could pretend they saw it coming.

    VinceKeenan.com

  • As Jesse got closer to its being a book and seeing the actual pages before him, he got less enthusiastic about having a book, and I think that's what was it -- it took me a while to figure it out, and I only figured it out retroactively, which is a shame, because we spent a lot of money which we need not necessarily have spent on writers.

    Another Life: A Memoir of Other People

  • Earlier this year, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said he was considering changing terms retroactively-meaning the government could extract better terms on previously assigned leases.

    WSJ.com: What's News US

  • BSG was good, but as pts says, the ending was so bad (after so much buildup) that it kind of retroactively renders the rest of the show mediocre.

    Matthew Yglesias » TV Show of the Decade

  • But it wasn't applied retroactively, meaning anyone sentenced before June 19, 1998 is exempt from truth-in-sentencing.

    Should Convicted Murderers Be Forced To Register Online?

  • The duties are set retroactively, meaning an exporter could face a sudden jump in the amount owed a year or two after making a shipment.

    Cash Softens a Trade Blow

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