- If you do work this week and you get paid next week for work that has already been done, this is an example of getting paid retroactively.
- If the legislature changes the fine for speeding today, but people who sped and got tickets last week will also have to pay the new higher fine, this is an example of when the fine is changed retroactively.
Retroactively is defined as something done after the fact, or applied to something that has already occurred.
- Done after the fact; applying to events that have previously transpired.
- The new legislature passed a resolution retroactively legalizing the actions of the revolutionaries that brought them to power.
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