his·​tor·​i·​cal·​ly hi-ˈstȯr-i-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce historically (audio)
: in accordance with or with respect to history
a historically accurate account
: in the past
historically, stagnant cities seldom have recoveredJane Jacobs

Examples of historically in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Digital fingerprint capture, historically a process involving ink and paper, has evolved into a digital endeavor, greatly improving accuracy, speed, and convenience. Tony Bradley, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 That historically was the way that these ecosystems were managed. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Nov. 2023 Although job growth has slowed — pushing the nation's unemployment rate to 3.9%, the highest level since January of 2022 — most economists now think the labor market will avoid the kind of steep downturn that historically has followed rapid increases in interest rates. Alain Sherter, CBS News, 30 Nov. 2023 Adding to the pressure on farmers to irrigate: Global warming means that drier weather patterns historically concentrated in Western states are pushing eastward, deeper into the Corn Belt. Max Bearak, New York Times, 29 Nov. 2023 Seven such songs led in 2022, after four did in 2021 and three reigned in 2020, with the genre largely the domain of groups historically. Pamela Bustios, Billboard, 29 Nov. 2023 Steeped in lore and the political intrigue of medieval Britain, Lawhead presents a historically plausible origin story for Robin Hood. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 29 Nov. 2023 And hey, call me crazy but… historically, songs that end one year near the top can often begin a new year with even more attention as a result of how slow January can be. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 21 Nov. 2023 Vander Plaats' endorsement is not tied to his organization, which historically has not endorsed before the Iowa caucus and has a nonprofit wing that is restricted from supporting a certain candidate. Aaron Navarro, CBS News, 21 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of historically was in 1550

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“Historically.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/historically. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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