historical

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adjective his·tor·i·cal \ hi-ˈstȯr-i-kəl , -ˈstär- \

Definition of historical

1 a :of, relating to, or having the character of history
  • historical data
b :based on history
  • historical novels
c :used in the past and reproduced in historical presentations
2 :famous in history :historic a
3 a :secondary 1c
b :diachronic
  • historical grammar

historicalness

play \hi-ˈstȯr-i-kəl-nəs, -ˈstär-\ noun

Examples of historical in a Sentence

  1. He strove for historical accuracy in the movie.

  2. The kings are listed in historical order.

Recent Examples of historical from the Web

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First Known Use of historical

15th century



HISTORICAL Defined for English Language Learners

historical

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adjective

Definition of historical for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to history

  • : based on history

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


HISTORICAL Defined for Kids

historical

play
adjective his·tor·i·cal \ hi-ˈstȯr-i-kəl \

Definition of historical for Students

1 :relating to or based on history
  • historical writings
2 :known to be true
  • historical fact

historically

adverb


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