Definition of retroactive in English:


Pronunciation /ˌretrōˈaktiv/ /ˌrɛtroʊˈæktɪv/


  • (especially of legislation) taking effect from a date in the past.

    ‘a big retroactive tax increase’
    • ‘The legislation isn't retroactive, so even if the bill is adopted, borrowers who have already consolidated won't be affected.’
    • ‘As the Respondent's income has declined since separation, in my view it is appropriate that this amount be retroactive from the date of separation.’
    • ‘That order had also addressed the applicant's claim for retroactive spousal support, and costs.’
    • ‘There has been considerable case law on the issue of retroactive payments recently.’
    • ‘The insurer had just what Brightpoint needed: a retroactive insurance policy for which Brightpoint would pay monthly premiums for three years, say the documents.’
    • ‘I order him to pay his portion of the special expenses on the first day of each month, retroactive to November 15, 1999 with credit to him for payments made to date.’
    • ‘Lessig had in fact brought up the issue, arguing basically that retroactive copyright extensions have no value in promoting new works.’
    • ‘That jump reflected March legislation that gave corporations a generous, one-time, retroactive allowance for depreciation.’
    • ‘The lower rates are retroactive to May 6, so dividends collected or gains realized before then are taxed at the old rates.’
    • ‘During the argument in the case last October, some justices seemed bothered by the retroactive extension but they also were concerned about their standing to overturn it.’
    • ‘One retroactive requirement, for instance, is for full sprinkler protection of any office building higher than 100 feet by January 1, 2019.’
    • ‘By the end of the book he has refined his definition to ‘renaissance liturgical music’ and this retroactive postscript adds to the impression that Plank's real intention is to share with us his experience of directing his own group.’
    • ‘The constitution was amended again in 1996 to set new limits on the presidency (including a retroactive two-term limit, and a requirement that both parents of a candidate be Zambian-born).’
    • ‘The ban, retroactive to exports produced since January 15, would have meant that hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of goods en route or waiting for customs clearance or stock ready for export would have become virtually worthless.’
    • ‘Although they were indeed concerned that the application was retroactive, Council members were more concerned that Bill was potentially putting the profession's reputation at risk by hiring Joe to undertake audit work.’
    • ‘His contract was retroactive to July 2002, but it wasn't disclosed until September, when sighs of relief greeted the public announcement that a leader had been found for the floundering company.’
    • ‘A new 10% bracket for low-income families, for example, would be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2001.’
    • ‘If the company's opinion about my value and contribution was good, my compensation would be retroactive and I'd be promoted from a pro tem position to that of a full board member.’
    • ‘If by the end of fiscal 2002 sales have outstripped the cutbacks in compensation, LaMagna will distribute the difference as retroactive raises.’
    • ‘At issue is retroactive overtime pay for employees who have been incorrectly classified as managers, and thereby excluded from overtime compensation.’
    backdated, retroactive, ex post facto, backward-looking



/ˌretrōˈaktiv/ /ˌrɛtroʊˈæktɪv/