dia·​chron·​ic | \ˌdī-ə-ˈkrä-nik \

Definition of diachronic 

: of, relating to, or dealing with phenomena (as of language or culture) as they occur or change over a period of time

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diachronically \ -​ˈkrä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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At the conference in Madison, linguists threw around phrases such as auxiliary alternation and diachronic precursor, speaking an academic code Washington avoids. William Brennan, The Atlantic, "Julie Washington’s Quest to Get Schools to Respect African-American English," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of diachronic

1922, in the meaning defined above

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