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  • n. The state or characteristic of being retroactive.
  • n. The application of a law to events that took place before it was made.


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  • In the small print, it seems there is a question of "retroactivity", which means that the ECJ has the option to waive backdated liabilities, in which case the net loss to the Treasury could be very small.

    On the road to tax harmonisation

  • Under the draft package, military service members should not apply for retirement so long as the Commission on the Disciplinary Sanctions of Public Functionaries is still screening relevant disciplinary cases involving them or the Control Yuan is screening relevant impeachment cases and that they will also be subject to the same "retroactivity" regulations.

    China Post Online - Taiwan , News , Taiwan newspaper

  • The amendment was controversial because it did not make any mention of retroactivity, meaning that President Compaore's eligibility to present himself for the 2005 presidential election was a matter of debate.


  • As we noted in our last letter to the Commission, the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 makes no mention of retroactivity.

    Lower Crack Sentences to Apply Retroactively

  • Commission Vice Chairman William Carr Jr., a former federal prosecutor, said voting against retroactivity after Congress's move last year would be "unconscionable."

    Lower Crack Sentences to Apply Retroactively

  • Some lawmakers oppose retroactivity, a debate that goes to the heart of what Congress intended when it rewrote the crack laws in 2010.

    Lower Crack Sentences to Apply Retroactively

  • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee D., Texas, a strong supporter of retroactivity, said people eligible to seek reduced sentences were nonviolent offenders, many of whom were addicted and in need of rehabilitation.

    New Terms in Crack Debate

  • Justice Department officials said that the department would not support retroactivity for offenders who had used weapons in committing their crimes or who had extensive criminal histories.

    New Terms in Crack Debate

  • House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith R., Texas, who opposed the bill before it became law in 2010, said commissioners would be overstepping their role if they approve retroactivity.

    New Terms in Crack Debate

  • By voting in favor of retroactivity, I am pleased that the commission chose justice over demagoguery and concluded that retroactivity was necessary to ensuring that the goals of the FSA were fully realized.

    Laura W. Murphy: Justice Is Served


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