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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Recent Examples on the Web Language and economic barriers, as well as discrimination, have historically contributed to the Latino achievement gap in U.S. education. USA Today, "Latinos are fastest growing population in US military, but higher ranks remain out of reach," 24 May 2020 Economists have historically wanted to use carbon-tax revenue to cut other taxes—the logic behind the first of the two Washington state initiatives. The Economist, "Fighting climate change The world urgently needs to expand its use of carbon prices," 23 May 2020 According to Ruttenber, the leader of the initiative to change the height standards, historically, most U.S. aircraft was designed around the height of an average male. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "Air Force removes height restrictions for pilots," 23 May 2020 Auto loans are cheaper than ever Given the auto market’s struggles, lenders are offering historically generous terms in an attempt to draw prospective buyers to the lot. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "Memorial Day weekend may be a great time to buy a car: 5 things to know before you shop around," 22 May 2020 That view wasn't unwarranted, as police power, the authority under which states and municipalities have issued pandemic decrees, has historically permitted quarantines, travel restrictions, and the like to control epidemics. Bonnie Kristian, TheWeek, "The constitutional immune system kicks in," 22 May 2020 Western Union’s antifraud programs already were designed to detect potentially suspicious activity based on where the money is transferred and whether the locations historically are associated with scams, Mr. Hand said. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "Payment Companies Increase Efforts to Combat Coronavirus-Related Frauds," 22 May 2020 Many of those 6-million-plus graduates will soon pursue another degree, but many others will enter a historically terrible labor market, and one that’s especially brutal for young workers. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "What Will Become of the Class of 2020?," 22 May 2020 With vaccines, that’s historically meant promising to buy whatever’s produced, creating a market for lifesaving drugs that might not otherwiseexist. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "America’s Deadly Obsession With Intellectual Property," 21 May 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 May. 2020.

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