retroactiveret‧ro‧ac‧tive /ˌretrəʊˈæktɪv◂ $ -troʊ-/ adjective formal 🔊 🔊 BSCLa law or decision that is retroactive is effective from a particular date in the past syn retrospective 🔊 a retroactive pay increaseretroactive to 🔊 The legislation is retroactive to 1st June. —retroactively adverb
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retroactive• The result seems imposed and artificial, a seemingly retroactiveattempt to fit unwilling text to some overarching high-concept frame.• Even if it stops short of this extreme, retroactivecostjustification is largely ineffective.• At least the government can answer those who say its attitude to retroactivelegislation is inconsistent.• And there are few precedents for the sort of retroactive legislation the banks want.• Some schemes use retroactivenotation in order to signal new facets.• This means that the payment may have been for multiplemonths, which indicates there may have been a retroactivesalary payment.• Many suspect that retroactivetax cuts could be ditched.• There's an immediatefreeze on all anti-USSR activities, retroactive to 2400 hours last night.retroactive to• The 3% raise will be retroactive toJuly 1.From Longman Business Dictionaryretroactiveret‧ro‧ac‧tive /ˌretrəʊˈæktɪv◂-troʊ-/ adjective formalLAWa law or decision that is retroactive is effective from a particular date in the past SYN RETROSPECTIVEretroactive toThe company said it will adopt the new accounting method retroactive to Jan. 1. —retroactively adverbThe pension benefitsapply retroactively to employees who retired on or after last Dec. 31.