chro·​no·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌkrä-nə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce chronological (audio) , ˌkrō- \
variants: or less commonly chronologic \ ˌkrä-​nə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce chronologic (audio) , ˌkrō-​ \

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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chronologically \ ˌkrä-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce chronologically (audio) , ˌkrō-​ \ adverb

Examples of chronological in a Sentence

His art is displayed in roughly chronological order. a chronological account of their trip
Recent Examples on the Web Finkelstein spent a year preparing for Megiddo, poring over stratigraphy and chronological charts. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, "In Search of King David’s Lost Empire," 22 June 2020 Logistical and chronological issues mean that Congress will be unable to investigate its claims in detail before November’s presidential election. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "John Bolton: American Coward," 18 June 2020 By default, they're sorted in a reverse-chronological order of reveals, so everything shown during this weekend's events (Guerrilla Collective, PC Gamer Show, Future Games Show) appears in the order of those streams. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "PSA: This year’s confusing, virtual E3, condensed in a single handy site," 14 June 2020 There are many other ways to organize a news feed, the most basic of which is reverse chronological order. Roger Mcnamee, Time, "Facebook Cannot Fix Itself. But Trump's Effort to Reform Section 230 Is Wrong," 4 June 2020 The show is chronological and delights in such detail. K.s.c., The Economist, "A blockbuster show at Tate Britain gives William Blake his due," 17 Sep. 2019 The daily entries, however, were not arranged in chronological order but in descending order. The Christian Science Monitor, "Can you trust COVID-19 test data? In these states, maybe not.," 21 May 2020 The daily entries, however, were not arranged in chronological order but in descending order. Author: Michelle R. Smith, Colleen Long, Jeff Amy, Anchorage Daily News, "States accused of fudging or bungling COVID-19 testing data," 20 May 2020 The bar graph showed a downward trajectory, but did not list dates in chronological order or keep the counties in the same position each day, both of which caused confusion. Rosa Flores, CNN, "Two states that opened early questioned over public access to Covid-19 data," 20 May 2020

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First Known Use of chronological

1614, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chronological

chonological from chronologic + -al entry 1 or from chronology + -ical; chronologic from chronology + -ic entry 1, probably after French chronologique or New Latin chronologicus

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28 Jun 2020

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“Chronological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce chronological (audio) \

Kids Definition of chronological

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

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chronologically adverb

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