historically

adverb
his·​tor·​i·​cal·​ly | \ hi-ˈstȯr-i-k(ə-)lē, -ˈstär-\

Definition of historically 

1 : in accordance with or with respect to history an historically accurate account
2 : in the past historically, stagnant cities seldom have recovered— Jane Jacobs

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Moreover, historically, journals have not always required that fossils’ data be part of their publication. Lydia Pyne, Ars Technica, "Rising Star found a new species—now it wants to find a new way for paleoanthropology," 20 Dec. 2018 Many of these companies, however, have little experience with the historically slow pace of crafting aviation rules. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Gatwick Incident Raises Questions Over Race to Commercialize Drones," 21 Dec. 2018 Individual dance moves — like the worm, the macarena, or the moonwalk — have historically been left out. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fortnite keeps stealing dances — and no one knows if it’s illegal," 20 Dec. 2018 Web developers have historically only bothered with such trivia as standards compliance and as a way to test their pages in multiple browsers when the market landscape has forced them to. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Google isn’t the company that we should have handed the Web over to," 17 Dec. 2018 Jenna Coleman plays the young queen and wears gorgeous, historically accurate costumes, from corseted portrait-collar gowns to incredible riding outfits and even dishabille nightgowns. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Most Stylish Movies and TV Shows of 2018," 17 Dec. 2018 The colors of the military equipment, like the tanks and the guns, that’s historically known colors. Eric Johnson, Recode, "How Peter Jackson’s team made World War I footage look new," 15 Dec. 2018 Instead of historically accurate Christmas decor, Donahue uses modern holiday decorating styles. Robert Khederian, Town & Country, "How Newport's Gilded Age Mansions Are Decorated for Christmas," 13 Dec. 2018 The bill would create three million new housing units, improve access to affordable housing through anti-discrimination laws, and invest in families living in historically redlined communities. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Elizabeth Warren doubles down on affordable housing legislation," 11 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of historically

1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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