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.


Synonyms For Retroactive

retrospective, retrospectively, ex post facto, retroactively, retroactivity

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Retroactive. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. April 05, 2020
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Retroactive. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: April 05, 2020).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Retroactive. Retrieved April 05, 2020, from website:

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