Definition of retroactive in English:



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

    ‘a big retroactive tax increase’
    • ‘There has been considerable case law on the issue of retroactive payments recently.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That jump reflected March legislation that gave corporations a generous, one-time, retroactive allowance for depreciation.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The insurer had just what Brightpoint needed: a retroactive insurance policy for which Brightpoint would pay monthly premiums for three years, say the documents.’
    • ‘One retroactive requirement, for instance, is for full sprinkler protection of any office building higher than 100 feet by January 1, 2019.’
    • ‘The legislation isn't retroactive, so even if the bill is adopted, borrowers who have already consolidated won't be affected.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At issue is retroactive overtime pay for employees who have been incorrectly classified as managers, and thereby excluded from overtime compensation.’
    • ‘That order had also addressed the applicant's claim for retroactive spousal support, and costs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The lower rates are retroactive to May 6, so dividends collected or gains realized before then are taxed at the old rates.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lessig had in fact brought up the issue, arguing basically that retroactive copyright extensions have no value in promoting new works.’
    backdated, retroactive, ex post facto, backward-looking
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