Is there a verb that means "retroactively create"?
John wanted to retroactively create a relationship with his estranged father.
I'm not looking for a word that means "retroactively improve" (e.g. gentrify).
Apologies for the split infinitive, if it offends you.
EDIT: I suppose I'm really looking for a word that means "go back and change one thing into another thing." John has a relationship with his father: an estranged one. He'd like to change it into something better. Maybe this blurs the distinction between "retroactively create" and "retroactively improve," but I'm looking for a word more like the former.
EDIT 2: The downvotes and sarcasm aren't necessary. I had a question and I asked it. Maybe there's not an answer... but there's certainly not a reason to berate me for inquiring.
"Retroactively create" is, indeed, paradoxical. I'm looking for a way to say that a person has recognized a mistake, and has tried to "erase" it rather than fix it.
After the public realized the evidence was insufficient, the administration tried to ______ reasons for its behavior.