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RETROACTIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does retroactive mean? 

RETROACTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective RETROACTIVE has 2 senses:

1. 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. affecting things past

  Familiarity information: RETROACTIVE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


RETROACTIVE (adjective)


Sense 1retroactive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Domain category:

psychological science; psychology (the science of mental life)

Antonym:

proactive (descriptive of any event or stimulus or process that has an effect on events or stimuli or processes that occur subsequently)


Sense 2retroactive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Affecting things past

Synonyms:

ex post facto; retro; retroactive

Context examples:

retroactive tax increase / an ex-post-facto law / retro pay

Similar:

retrospective (concerned with or related to the past)


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