Definition of "retroactive"
  1. A law or court ruling that impacts past actions, transactions, or legal proceedings, often changing previously vested rights or imposing new obligations
How to use "retroactive" in a sentence
  1. The tax increase was made retroactive to the beginning of the year, causing financial strain for many.
  2. Despite the policy change, her actions were not considered illegal due to the prohibition on retroactive criminal laws.
  3. The retroactive child support judgement surprised the father, as he was unaware that past obligations could be adjusted.

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