Meaning of “historical” in the English Dictionary

"historical" in English

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uk /hɪˈstɒr.ɪ.kəl/ us /hɪˈstɔːr.ɪ.kəl/

B1 connected with studying or representing things from the past:

Many important historical documents were destroyed when the library was bombed.
She specializes in historical novels set in 18th-century England.

used to describe prices, values, etc. in the past:

The table compares historical exchange rates for five different currencies.

used to describe crimes that were committed in the past:

A man was arrested as part of an investigation into allegations of historical child abuse dating back to the 1980s.

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adverb uk /hɪˈstɒr.ɪ.kəl.i/ us /hɪˈstɔːr.ɪ.kəl.i/


The film makes no attempt to be historically accurate.
Historically (= over a long period in the past), there have always been close links between France and Scotland.

(Definition of “historical” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"historical" in American English

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historicaladjective [ not gradable ]

us /hɪˈstɔr·ɪ·kəl, -ˈstɑr-/

connected with the study or representation of things from the past:

The library has an important collection of historical documents.
adverb us /hɪˈstɔr·ɪk·li, -ˈstɑr-/

Many of the historically accurate costumes created for the show will eventually be in museums.

(Definition of “historical” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"historical" in Business English

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uk /hɪˈstɒrɪkəl/ us also historic FINANCE, ECONOMICS

used to describe past prices or values:

Historical data show the clear link between income tax rates and the size of domestic government spending.

In addition to strong yields, growers saw prices at historically high levels.

(Definition of “historical” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)