[hi-stawr-i-kuh l, -stor-]
- of, pertaining to, treating, or characteristic of history or past events: historical records; historical research.
- based on or reconstructed from an event, custom, style, etc., in the past: a historical reenactment of the battle of Gettysburg.
- having once existed or lived in the real world, as opposed to being part of legend or fiction or as distinguished from religious belief: to doubt that a historical Camelot ever existed; a theologian's study of the historical Jesus.
- narrated or mentioned in history; belonging to the past.
- noting or pertaining to analysis based on a comparison among several periods of development of a phenomenon, as in language or economics.
- historic(def 1).
Origin of historical
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3. documented, authentic, factual, attested.
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Historically, we need not accept this identity of the Clemens ancestry.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
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But, is it possible that that which is not historically true can be dogmatically sound?Lord George Bentinck
Historically it is a most pregnant spectacle, that of Rousseau.
Scientifically and historically he was even as you and I. Whence did he come?The Story of the Outlaw
- belonging to or typical of the study of historyhistorical methods
- concerned with or treating of events of the pasthistorical accounts
- based on or constituting factual material as distinct from legend or supposition
- based on or inspired by historya historical novel
- occurring or prominent in history
- a less common word for historic (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for historically
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