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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Saudi Arabia’s leaders have historically shunned the spotlight, but over the past several years, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has become one of the most controversial and scrutinized people on the planet. Karen Elliott House, WSJ, "The Making of Saudi Arabia’s Energetic, Ruthless Crown Prince," 12 Apr. 2019 But that requires experts like me who can deliver that advice to groups of people who have historically been left out of this conversation. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "3 Ways I Make Nutrition Advice More Culturally Relevant to Muslim Women Like Myself," 3 Apr. 2019 The state’s 33 juvenile courts, which oversee county detention centers, historically have viewed youths’ housing problems as beyond their purview. Allegra Abramo, The Seattle Times, "Youth often become homeless just after leaving juvenile detention. Can Washington state really stop it?," 29 Mar. 2019 Fashion and travel go hand-in-hand, especially in a city as historically chic as Rome. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Experience a Roman Holiday This Summer With Vogue and Indagare," 29 Mar. 2019 Plus, historically birth rates have risen over time. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's New Baby Break This Record Set by Prince Louis?," 27 Mar. 2019 The ward — historically home to sizable black and Salvadoran populations — is emblematic of the District’s demographic remolding, with young, affluent whites flocking to new apartment buildings and condos alongside aging rowhouses and tiendas. Peter Jamison, Washington Post, "After a decade of turnover at city hall, D.C.’s primary election favors incumbents," 3 June 2018 Seven finance workers died in 2017, which Mr. Kohli said was historically unusual. Kate King, WSJ, "New York City Workplace Deaths Soared in 2017, Labor Report Says," 10 Jan. 2019 Fashion has historically been dominated by women in terms of producers and consumers. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Hoda Katebi Is Launching a Fashion Production Co-Op for Immigrant and Refugee Women in Chicago," 25 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of historically

1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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