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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
his•tor•i•cal /hɪˈstɔrɪkəl, -ˈstɑr-/USA pronunciation
adj. [before a noun]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
his•tor•i•cal•ness, n. [uncountable]
- World Historyof, relating to, or treating history or past events:historical records.
- World Historybased on or suggested by history:a historical novel.
- World Historyhaving once existed or lived, as opposed to being part of legend, fiction, or religious belief:a study of the historical Jesus.
- World Historyhistoric (def. 1).:It was a historical event.
(hi stôr′i kəl, -stor′-), adj.
- World Historyof, pertaining to, treating, or characteristic of history or past events:historical records; historical research.
- World Historybased on or reconstructed from an event, custom, style, etc., in the past:a historical reenactment of the battle of Gettysburg.
- World Historyhaving once existed or lived in the real world, as opposed to being part of legend or fiction or as distinguished from religious belief:to doubt that a historical Camelot ever existed; a theologian's study of the historical Jesus.
- World Historynarrated or mentioned in history;
belonging to the past.
- World Historynoting or pertaining to analysis based on a comparison among several periods of development of a phenomenon, as in language or economics.
- World Historyhistoric (def. 1).
3 . documented, authentic, factual, attested.
- Latin historic(us) historic + -al1
- late Middle English 1375–1425
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
historical /hɪˈstɒrɪkəl/ adj
- belonging to or typical of the study of history: historical methods
- concerned with or treating of events of the past: historical accounts
- based on or constituting factual material as distinct from legend or supposition
- based on or inspired by history: a historical novel
- occurring or prominent in history
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