Definition of historicism
: a theory, doctrine, or style that emphasizes the importance of history: such asa : a theory in which history is seen as a standard of value or as a determinant of eventsb : a style (as in architecture) characterized by the use of traditional forms and elements
historicistplay \hi-ˈstȯr-ə-sist, -ˈstär-\ adjective or noun
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The legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky argued that conservatives on the Court had turned to history-test historicism because originalism is so patently flawed as a mode of constitutional interpretation.
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