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"retroactive" in British English

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retroactiveadjective

uk   /ˌret.rəʊˈæk.tɪv/  us   /ˌret.roʊˈæk.tɪv/ (also retrospective) formal
retroactively
adverb uk   /ˌret.rəʊˈæk.tɪv.li/  us   /ˌret.roʊˈæk.tɪv.li/
The courts cannot apply a new rule retroactively.
(Definition of retroactive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"retroactive" in American English

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retroactiveadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˌre·troʊˈæk·tɪv/
(of a law or other agreement) having effect from the time before the law or agreement was approved: I’m getting a retroactive salary increase.
retroactively
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˌre·troʊˈæk·tɪv·li/
The courts cannot apply a new rule retroactively.
(Definition of retroactive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"retroactive" in Business English

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retroactiveadjective

uk   us   /ˌretrəʊˈæktɪv/ LAW
if a law, decision, etc. is retroactive, it has effect from a date in the past before it was approved: The changes will not be retroactive. The Justice Department had opposed the retroactive application of the guidelines.retroactive to sth The proposed pay raises are retroactive to July 1.
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(Definition of retroactive from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “retroactive”
in Chinese (Simplified) 有追溯效力的, 溯及既往的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 有追溯效力的, 溯及既往的…
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