from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An action, as of a law, that influences or applies to a prior time.
- n. An opposing or reciprocal action; a reaction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any action that has an influence due to a past event
- n. An opposing action; a reaction
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Action returned, or action backward.
- n. Operation on something past or preceding.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Action which is opposed or contrary to the preceding action; retrospective reference.
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It grants her a "novel education," in all the complexity, retroaction, and necessary wandering that
For example, statistics had not quite demonstrated to Germany that the physique of her people and the rate of increase of their families were declining while the expenditures for superpreparedness for war was demanding either retroaction in that regard or else an expenditure from the principal of their property.
The more conscious our craving for retroaction from sympathisers, the more there must also be developed in us a conscious endeavor to cause the feeling to be appropriated by as many as possible and as completely as possible.
And we are entitled to consider it as a secondary result of the general expressional impulse, that when mastered by an overpowering feeling we seek enhancement or relief by retroaction from sympathisers, who reproduce and in their expression represent the mental state by which we are dominated.
The act was held inoperative; but whether this was because of its retroaction in this particular case or for the broader reason that it assumed to excuse debtors from their promises, was not at the time made clear.
As soon as this retroaction is perceived and the act is done with knowledge of its ensuing benefits, plastic impulse becomes art, and the world begins actually to change in obedience to reason.
A mutual retroaction occurs: the sense of disgust is increased, because the act is regarded as immoral; and, on the other hand, a strong sense of disgust may increase the perception of immorality.
I was prompted instinctively to pick up a city newspaper ... my visionary mind was mechanically drawn down through its newsy page to a single item of distinctive meaning, so electrifying and magically warming my freezing life-current, that I was instantly thrown into complete respiration and retroaction.
Even the hatred of the grand old man had an element of unselfishness in its retroaction, of power in its persistency, and of greatness in its absolute contempt of compromise.
As ominous as every factor of retroaction seems an added tonnage at the cost of high flyer altitude, DC's creative proponents have coursed a behind-the-scenes experience that will undold as the issues roll out.