chro·​no·​log·​i·​cal | \ˌkrä-nə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, ˌkrō-\
variants: or less commonly chronologic \ -​jik \

Definition of chronological 

: of, relating to, or arranged in or according to the order of time chronological tables of American history His art is arranged in chronological order. also : reckoned in units of time chronological age

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Other Words from chronological

chronologically \ -​ji-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of chronological in a Sentence

His art is displayed in roughly chronological order. a chronological account of their trip

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In general, an individual’s baseline personality has a greater impact on their likelihood of changing than their chronological age. Glenn Ruffenach, WSJ, "Change Your Personality Later in Life? Yes, It Is Possible.," 22 Apr. 2018 One solution is to group children by their rate of learning, rather than chronological age. Chris Weller, Newsweek, "America Hates Its Gifted Kids," 16 Jan. 2014 The most recent transactions, or blocks, are recorded and added in chronological order, allowing those who participate in the a financial market — buys and sellers — to track digital transactions without central record keeping. Kathleen Megan,, "UConn Trustees Approve Sale Of West Hartford Campus to Financial Tech Company," 6 July 2018 The rest was a chronological blur, a half century of hardship, arguments, scarcity, and violence. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "The Spy Who Came Home," 30 Apr. 2018 In chronological order, here are all 23 acts that have earned at least two No. Xander Zellner, Billboard, "Cardi B, Beyonce, Mariah Carey & More: The Elite Acts With at Least Two Hot 100 No. 1s From a Debut Album," 5 July 2018 As Sollitto explains, Yelp doesn’t display every review left for a business in chronological order; the company uses an algorithm to sort reviews according to a number of signals, including whether they may be biased or fraudulent. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "The Red Hen and the Weaponization of Yelp," 26 June 2018 Ayers’s intimate, chronological approach allows him to challenge that thesis. Ronald C. White, New York Times, "Seeing the Civil War From the Ground Up," 12 Jan. 2018 Jablonsky employs a chronological method when scoring, starting at the beginning and working his way to the end. Byron Burton, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Skyscraper' Composer Didn't Want a Marvel-Style Score," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of chronological

1614, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chronological

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English Language Learners Definition of chronological

: arranged in the order that things happened or came to be

: using time as a measurement


chron·​o·​log·​i·​cal | \ˌkrä-nə-ˈlä-ji-kəl \

Kids Definition of chronological

: arranged in or according to the order of time She wrote a chronological account of their journey.

Other Words from chronological

chronologically adverb

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