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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RETROACTIVE

There is not any question that we do not want to make it retroactive.

“Retroactive to the time I started working on the story,” added Penny.

On the other hand, the retroactive effects of true charity are most beneficial.

This is what occurs in the retroactive attitude of the head.

Love is expressed by a retroactive, never by a forward movement.

An inscription on a tomb, showing that virtues acquired by death have a retroactive effect.

Still, as he had confessed, his temperament inclined him to retroactive investigation.

But a person who cannot take this oath, retroactive though it be, must have been a traitor.

This term is never used in civil law, but the term "retroactive statute" expresses the same idea.

The retroactive part of the statute is the most horrible feature in it.

WORD ORIGIN

1610s, from French rétroactif (16c.) "casting or relating back," from Latin retroact-, past participle stem of retroagere "drive or turn back," from retro- "back" (see retro-) + agere "to drive, set in motion" (see act (v.)). Related: Retroactively.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR RETROACTIVE

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adjectiveafter the fact
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