retrospective vs retroactive :

retrospective or retroactive

“Retrospective” has to do with looking back, as is shown by the similarity of its middle syllable to words like “spectacles.” A retrospective exhibit looks back at the earlier work of an artist.“Retroactive,” on the other hand, refers to actions, and is about making a current change applicable to the past, especially in law. Retroactive punishment is generally considered unjust. For instance, the city council can’t pass an ordinance retroactively punishing you for having sung off-key in the karaoke bar on Main Street last Saturday night.

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  • n  an exhibition of a representative selection of an artist's life work
  • a  concerned with or related to the past
    retrospective self-justification

  • a  descriptive of any event or stimulus or process that has an effect on the effects of events or stimuli or process that occurred previously
  • s  affecting things past
    retroactive tax increase
News & Articles

  • 39,000 "Thank You's" for Snowden -- and Counting
    AT&T leaker video: Give Snowden Retroactive Immunity
    June 13, 2013 - Kansas City InfoZine
  • Padres call up ex-TinCap
    The San Diego Padres recalled outfielder Jaff Decker, who played for the TinCaps' 2009 Midwest League championship team, from Triple-A Tucson and placed center fielder Cameron Maybin on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, with a tear in the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
    June 13, 2013 - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
  • Oakland teachers to vote on pay increase Friday
    Teachers on Friday will vote on a one-year retroactive contract that ends July 1. It gives them a one-time payment of 2.35 percent of their salaries and a 1.5 percent raise.
    June 12, 2013 - Contra Costa Times