retroactively


retroactively

adjective

  1. operative with respect to past occurrences, as a statute; retrospective: a retroactive law.
  2. pertaining to a pay raise effective as of a past date.

adjective

  1. applying or referring to the pastretroactive legislation
  2. effective or operative from a date or for a period in the past
adj.

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.

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