RETROACTIVE is to affect and modify things past, e.g. a retroactive tax increase.
15 MINUTE RULE is a timekeeping method used as a semi-official delay prior to ending or beginning an activity. For example: a. Only waiting for a tardy college instructor for 15 minutes prior to the class being terminated, or, b. Putting a 15 minute hands-off delay before impulsively eating a candy when dieting.
NONCOMPETITIVE BID, in securities, is a bid allowed to be placed on a noncompetitive basis by the U.S. Treasury at one of its securities auctions. A bidder in this case does not specify the price at which it wishes to purchase these securities. However, at the close of bidding, it is awarded all or part of the number of bonds it asked for at the average price of all the accepted competitive bids.
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