Define: Retroactive

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Definition: Retroactive


Quick Summary of Retroactive


Applicable or effective from a prior date or period, such as retroactive pay or retroactive pricing.



What is the dictionary definition of Retroactive?

Dictionary Definition


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


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Synonyms For Retroactive


retrospective, retrospectively, ex post facto, retroactively, retroactivity


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Retroactive are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 6th January, 2020