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ˌrɛ troʊˈæk tɪvretroac·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. retroactive(adj)

    descriptive of any event or stimulus or process that has an effect on the effects of events or stimuli or process that occurred previously

  2. ex post facto, retroactive, retro(adj)

    affecting things past

    "retroactive tax increase"; "an ex-post-facto law"; "retro pay"


  1. retroactive(Adjective)

    Extending in scope, effect, application or influence to a prior time or to prior conditions

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retroactive(adj)

    fitted or designed to retroact; operating by returned action; affecting what is past; retrospective

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. rtroactif.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of retroactive in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of retroactive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of retroactive in a Sentence

  1. Jim Dougherty:

    The biggest surprise was that it was retroactive.

  2. Heta Asset Resolution -LSB- HAABI.UL:

    Certain resolution options could involve a retroactive change of contracts, this remains a concern.

  3. Bernie Sanders:

    First thing you do is say, people are not paying a water bill for poison water. And that is retroactive, you are playing three times more for poison water than I am paying in Burlington, Vermont, for clean water.

  4. Mitch McConnell:

    I think everyone agrees on a bipartisan basis those are the three things we must do here at the end of the session -- fund the government, make sure we don't have any retroactive tax increases and follow the tradition of many years which is to pass a National Defense Authorization Act, i'm confident the Senate will do that before we depart for the holidays.

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