his·​tor·​i·​cal·​ly | \ hi-ˈstȯr-i-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce historically (audio) , -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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All the same, Indian voters historically have been moved more by the price of onions and tomatoes than political shenanigans. Washington Post, "Your Guide to India’s Upcoming General Election," 18 Sep. 2019 According to the Alliance of Auto Manufacturers, the broader vehicle industry supports 9.9 million jobs and historically accounts for about 3 percent of gross domestic product. Neal E. Boudette, New York Times, "G.M. Strike: 50,000 Union Workers Walk Out Over Wages and Idled Plants," 16 Sep. 2019 Europeans historically haven’t adopted the same story, making mass immigration far more consequential. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Patrios," 16 Sep. 2019 Cubans have historically enjoyed a singular set of immigration benefits. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "The Fight for the Latino Vote in Florida," 16 Sep. 2019 An activity like dance, which involves physical exercise and artistic expression, makes an especially strong impact for those who have historically faced many more obstacles to accessing exercise and health care. San Diego Union-Tribune, "For adults with special needs, another form of creative expression — through dance," 15 Sep. 2019 Plumbing the mainstream Retrofitting American political journalism to defend it against populists—to which, mind, the left has historically been as susceptible as the right—calls for more modest change. The Economist, "A full-court press," 14 Sep. 2019 Hip-hop has historically been represented in scripted and unscripted fare alike as a colorful collection of fads, there to sell whatever happened to be the main show. Los Angeles Times, "How TV learned to take hip-hop seriously," 12 Sep. 2019 There will be plenty of exhibits and demonstrations offering historically significant events and insight into how they are represented in songs. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Everything you need to know about Indy Irish Fest 2019," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of historically

1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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