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Definition of "historical" []

  • Of or relating to the character of history. (adjective)
  • Based on or concerned with events in history. (adjective)
  • Used in the past: historical costumes; historical weapons. (adjective)
  • Important or famous in history. See Usage Note at historic. (adjective)
  • Diachronic. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "historical" in a sentence
  • "I doubt whether the epithet _historical_ can properly apply to the character of Lady Macbeth; for though the subject of the play be taken from history, we never think of her with any reference to historical associations, as we do with regard to Constance, Volumnia, Katherine of"
  • "My particular interest in the historical is about how global events that affect millions of lives can turn on such small and sometimes whimsical decisions - butterflies wings and tornadoes, really."
  • "Due to the significant emphasis on prophetic history, religious groups can become what he terms "historical societies" -- preserving, codifying and interpreting the religious histories of their founders."