Retroact
Retroact Re`tro*act", v. i. [Pref. retro- + act.] To act backward, or in return; to act in opposition; to be retrospective. [1913 Webster]

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  • retroact — [re΄trō akt′] vi. [< L retroactus, pp. of retroagere, to drive back, reverse < RETRO + agere, to ACT1] 1. to act in opposition; react 2. to have reference to or influence on things done in the past …   English World dictionary

  • retroact — /re troh akt /, v.i. 1. to act in opposition; react. 2. to have reference to or influence on past occurrences. [1785 95; RETRO + ACT] * * * …   Universalium

  • retroact — ret·ro·act …   English syllables

  • retroact — ret•ro•act [[t]ˈrɛ troʊˌækt[/t]] v. i. 1) to act in opposition; react 2) to have reference to or influence on past occurrences • Etymology: 1785–1795 …   From formal English to slang

  • retroact —   v.i. act backwards or opposite; react.    ♦ retroaction, n.    ♦ retroactive, a. taking effect as from a previous date …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • retroact — v.intr. 1 operate in a backward direction. 2 have a retrospective effect. 3 react. Derivatives: retroaction n …   Useful english dictionary

  • Retro- — [L. retro, adv., backward, back. Cf. {Re} .] A prefix or combining form signifying backward, back; as, retroact, to act backward; retrospect, a looking back. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Retroactive — Re tro*act ive, a. [Cf. F. r[ e]troactif.] Fitted or designed to retroact; operating by returned action; affecting what is past; retrospective. Beddoes. [1913 Webster] {Retroactive law} or {Retroactive statute} (Law), one which operates to make… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Retroactive law — Retroactive Re tro*act ive, a. [Cf. F. r[ e]troactif.] Fitted or designed to retroact; operating by returned action; affecting what is past; retrospective. Beddoes. [1913 Webster] {Retroactive law} or {Retroactive statute} (Law), one which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Retroactive statute — Retroactive Re tro*act ive, a. [Cf. F. r[ e]troactif.] Fitted or designed to retroact; operating by returned action; affecting what is past; retrospective. Beddoes. [1913 Webster] {Retroactive law} or {Retroactive statute} (Law), one which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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