retrospective vs retroactive :

retrospective vs retroactive

retrospective or retroactive

Retrospective can be described as affecting or influencing past grievances by looking backwards and contemplating about the past.

"Really! What a retrospective method of thought."

Retroactive means expanding or extending in scope, effect, application and influence to a prior time or conditions.

‘Retrospective’ used as an adjective means looking back on past events or processes.

“The essay takes a retrospective look at the history of the Black Lives Matter movement since its founding in 2013.” 

‘Retroactive’ is an adjective that means taking effect from a past date. It is often used in talking about laws or other legislation.

“The retroactive tax law will affect everyone who bought property since 2012.”

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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