historically

adverb
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

Examples of historically in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Truckee’s home-buying spree also has been fueled by historically low mortgage interest rates during the pandemic, which has allowed people to add another home without needing to sell their first. Liam Dillon Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "The remote work revolution is transforming, and unsettling, resort areas like Lake Tahoe," 30 Apr. 2021 More recently, government stimulus helped the country (slowly) recover from the depths of the Great Recession such that unemployment fell to historically low levels without causing inflation. Danielle Seurkamp, Forbes, "When Should We Start Worrying About Deficit Spending?," 28 Apr. 2021 The reconsideration comes after a back and forth on the administration's approach to the refugee cap, which sits at a historically low level. Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN, "Washington Post: White House considering setting refugee cap at original proposal of 62,500," 27 Apr. 2021 Ohio Realtors President Seth Task said in a news release the state’s housing market continues to experience vigorous levels of activity, despite historically low levels of inventory for sale in most areas across Ohio. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, "Ohio home sales prices jump 10.6% in March," 26 Apr. 2021 However, a historically-low housing supply is still one of the market’s greatest challenges. Robert Davis, Washington Examiner, "Texas real estate heats up in first quarter," 23 Apr. 2021 Any number will be higher than the historically low 15,000 set by the Trump administration. Veena Iyer, Star Tribune, "Biden is, so far, no Walter Mondale," 22 Apr. 2021 As 2020 opened, the bureau struggled to hire 2.7 million temporary workers in a boom time with historically low unemployment. Washington Post, "Will Americans be able to count on the results of the 2020 Census?," 22 Apr. 2021 That has helped to draw advertisers to the platform to take advantage of a price per impression that has been historically low versus its competitors, according to the company. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Snap Won’t Lose Its Luster," 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of historically

1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 May 2021

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“Historically.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/historically. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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