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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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Recent Examples on the Web In the meantime, consider taking advantage of these historically low rates and refinance your townhouse. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "My wife wants to move on from our ‘starter home.’ Problem is, I love the place.," 15 Mar. 2020 Investors are waking up to the fact that central banks have limited tools to address an economic crisis after years of historically low interest rates and asset purchases. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Who can shelter the economy and markets from a pandemic? It's not clear," 15 Mar. 2020 Dallas County’s local outreach effort, led by marketing firm Alpha Business Images, focused much on bringing the census to neighborhoods with historically low census response rates. Obed Manuel, Dallas News, "How will coronavirus impact the 2020 U.S. census as count gets underway?," 13 Mar. 2020 Household debt is at a historically low 96% of GDP. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "It may feel like 2008 all over again, but here's how the coronavirus crisis is different," 11 Mar. 2020 Experts say the situation is undercutting the major political effort in recent years to prod Chinese women to have more children amid historically low birthrates and a looming demographic crisis. Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, "‘I Felt Like Crying’: Coronavirus Shakes China’s Expecting Mothers," 10 Mar. 2020 Businesses have been able to bear their extraordinary debt burden only because borrowing costs have been historically low. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, "Fears of corporate debt bomb grow as coronavirus outbreak worsens," 10 Mar. 2020 Economists are warning that governments can’t rely solely on lower interest rates to ease disruptions related to the virus, especially when rates are already historically low. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "Mnuchin Ready to Work With Congress on Emergency Funding Package," 3 Mar. 2020 That strategy hinges on focusing on the strength of the economy, historically low black unemployment, investment in impoverished communities and criminal justice reform. cleveland, "Trump allies indefinitely postpone planned $50,000 cash giveaway in Cleveland," 29 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of historically

1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Historically.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/historically. Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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