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https://www.thefreedictionary.com/retroactively

Adv. 1. retroactively - after the fact; "he will get paid retroactively"

How to use retroactively in a sci-fi way?

The space-time police retroactively punished the criminals by traveling back in time and punishing them.

But it means after the fact with the effects being carried over, but it doesn't mean go back in time, is there a word for this, because it doesn't seem to fit the meaning I want to assign it.

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I would use the word preemptively in this situation

as a measure taken against something anticipated or feared.

So your sentence could be

The space-time police preemptively punished the criminals by traveling back in time and punishing them.

This is different than retroactive because the crime has presumably not taken place yet. What the purpose of this punishment is, given that no crime has yet been committed, is a different matter, and is just one of the many issues with time-travel.

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