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HISTORICAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does historical mean? 

HISTORICAL (adjective)
  The adjective HISTORICAL has 4 senses:

1. of or relating to the study of history
2. having once lived or existed or taken place in the real world as distinct from being legendary
3. belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past
4. used of the study of a phenomenon (especially language) as it changes through time

  Familiarity information: HISTORICAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


HISTORICAL (adjective)


Sense 1historical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to the study of history

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

historical scholars / a historical perspective

Antonym:

ahistorical (unconcerned with or unrelated to history or to historical development or to tradition)

Pertainym:

history (the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings)


Sense 2historical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having once lived or existed or taken place in the real world as distinct from being legendary

Context examples:

the historical Jesus / doubt that a historical Camelot every existed / actual historical events

Similar:

existent; real (being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory)


Sense 3historical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past

Synonyms:

historic; historical

Context examples:

historic victories / historical (or historic) times / a historical character

Similar:

past (earlier than the present time; no longer current)


Sense 4historical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Used of the study of a phenomenon (especially language) as it changes through time

Synonyms:

diachronic; historical

Context example:

diachronic linguistics

Domain category:

language; linguistic communication (a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols)


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