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Definition of 'historical'


  1. of or relating to the study of history; "historical scholars"; "a historical perspective"
       Antonyms: ahistorical
  2. having once lived or existed or taken place in the real world as distinct from being legendary; "the historical Jesus"; "doubt that a historical Camelot every existed"; "actual historical events"
  3. belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past; "historic victories"; "historical (or historic) times"; "a historical character"
       Synonyms: historic
  4. used of the study of a phenomenon (especially language) as it changes through time; "diachronic linguistics"
       Synonyms: diachronic
       Antonyms: synchronic descriptive

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