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 operates to make criminal or punishable, or in any way expressly to affect, acts done prior to the passing of the law. [1913 Webster]


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  • retroactive statute — noun see retroactive law …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 law — noun or retroactive statute : a law that operates to make criminal or punishable or in any way expressly affects an act done prior to the passing of the law compare ex post facto law …   Useful english dictionary

  • retroactive law — n. A law that applies to events that happened before it was passed. See also ex post facto, retrospective law The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008 …   Law dictionary

  • retroactive — ret·ro·ac·tive /ˌre trō ak tiv/ adj: extending in scope or effect to a prior time or to conditions that existed or originated in the past; esp: made effective as of a date prior to enactment, promulgation, or imposition a retroactive tax see also …   Law dictionary

  • retroactive — Process of acting with reference to past occurrences. Annacchino v. Annacchino, 61 Misc.2d 636, 306 N.Y.S.2d 603, 605. See also retrospective @ retroactive inference The inferring of a previous fact from present conditions by a trier of facts.… …   Black's law dictionary

  • retroactive — retroactively, adv. retroactivity, n. /re troh ak tiv/, adj. 1. operative with respect to past occurrences, as a statute; retrospective: a retroactive law. 2. pertaining to a pay raise effective as of a past date. [1605 15; RETRO + ACTIVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • retroactive — ret•ro•ac•tive [[t]ˌrɛ troʊˈæk tɪv[/t]] adj. 1) operative with respect to past occurrences, as a statute 2) (of a pay raise) effective as of a past date • Etymology: 1605–15 ret ro•ac′tive•ly, adv. ret ro•ac•tiv′i•ty, n …   From formal English to slang

  • retroactive — /rɛtroʊˈæktɪv / (say retroh aktiv) adjective operative with respect to past occurrences, as a statute; retrospective. –retroactively, adverb –retroactivity /ˌrɛtroʊækˈtɪvəti/ (say .retrohak tivuhtee), noun …   Australian English dictionary

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