WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
his•tor•i•cal /hɪˈstɔrɪkəl, -ˈstɑr-/USA pronunciation adj. [before a noun]
  1. World Historyof, relating to, or treating history or past events:historical records.
  2. World Historybased on or suggested by history:a historical novel.
  3. World Historyhaving once existed or lived, as opposed to being part of legend, fiction, or religious belief:a study of the historical Jesus.
  4. World Historyhistoric (def. 1).historic:It was a historical event.
his•tor•i•cal•ly, adv. 
his•tor•i•cal•ness, n. [uncountable]

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

historical /hɪˈstɒrɪkəl/ adj
  1. belonging to or typical of the study of history: historical methods
  2. concerned with or treating of events of the past: historical accounts
  3. based on or constituting factual material as distinct from legend or supposition
  4. based on or inspired by history: a historical novel
  5. occurring or prominent in history

hisˈtorically adv

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