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 Even on Taiwan’s closest islands to China, which have historically been more favorably inclined to its neighbor, Ting is a dying breed. Amy Chang Chien, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Aug. 2022 Panhellenic sororities at the University of Alabama, for example, were historically all-white and were not officially ordered to end race discrimination until 2013. al, 3 Aug. 2022 Tinder has historically been a bright spot for the company, making up the majority of the portfolio's active users, who are among some of its youngest to online date. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, 3 Aug. 2022 Homelessness in Seattle has historically been an issue, but has only worsened since the pandemic began. Fox News, 3 Aug. 2022 The act of getting things into space is messy and challenging, and historically, there has been some acceptance of debris created along the way. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 2 Aug. 2022 Latvia has historically been wholly dependent on Russia for its gas, but committed to weaning itself off by the start of 2023 after Moscow invaded Ukraine. WSJ, 1 Aug. 2022 Stats in Europe are historically not a great indicator of future success, particularly due to the low amount of minutes players tend to play. Morten Jensen, Forbes, 31 July 2022 That’s because research studies historically have been small and produced limited insight. Erika Fry, Fortune, 29 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of historically

1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Aug 2022

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“Historically.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/historically. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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