Retroactive lawor 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.

(Re`tro*act"ive*ly), adv. In a retroactive manner.

(Re"tro*cede) v. t. [Pref. retro- + cede: cf. F. rétrocéder.] To cede or grant back; as, to retrocede a territory to a former proprietor.

(Re"tro*cede), v. i. [L. retrocedere; retro backward, back + cedere to go. See Cede.] To go back.

(Re`tro*ced"ent) a. [L. retrocedens, p. pr.] Disposed or likely to retrocede; — said of diseases which go from one part of the body to another, as the gout.

(Re`tro*ces"sion) n. [Cf. F. rétrocession. See Retrocede.]

1. The act of retroceding.

2. The state of being retroceded, or granted back.

3. (Med.) Metastasis of an eruption or a tumor from the surface to the interior of the body.

(Re"tro*choir) n. [Pref. retro- + choir.] (Eccl. Arch.) Any extension of a church behind the high altar, as a chapel; also, in an apsidal church, all the space beyond the line of the back or eastern face of the altar.

(Re`tro*cop"u*lant) a. [See Retrocopulation.] Copulating backward, or from behind.

(Re`tro*cop`u*la"tion) n. [Pref. retro- + copulation.] Copulation from behind. Sir T. Browne.

(Re`tro*duc"tion) n. [L. retroducere, retroductum, to lead or bring back; retro backward + ducere to lead.] A leading or bringing back.

(Re"tro*flex Re"tro*flexed) a. [Pref. retro- + L. flectere, flexum, to bend, to turn.] Reflexed; bent or turned abruptly backward.

(Re`tro*flex"ion) n. The act of reflexing; the state of being retroflexed. Cf. Retroversion.

(Re"tro*fract Re"tro*fract`ed), a. [Pref. retro- + L. fractus, p. p. of frangere to break.] (Bot.) Refracted; as, a retrofract stem.

(Re`tro*gen"er*a*tive) a. [Pref. retro- + generative.] Begetting young by retrocopulation.

(Re`tro*gra*da"tion) n. [F. rétrogradation or L. retrogradatio. See Retrograde.]

1. The act of retrograding, or moving backward.

(Re`tro*ac"tion) n. [Cf. F. rétroaction.]

1. Action returned, or action backward.

2. Operation on something past or preceding.

(Re`tro*act"ive) a. [Cf. F. rétroactif.] Fitted or designed to retroact; operating by returned action; affecting what is past; retrospective. Beddoes.

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