WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
his•tor•i•cal /hɪˈstɔrɪkəl, -ˈstɑr-/USA pronunciation
adj. [before a noun]
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).historic:It was a historical event.
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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