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Princeton's WordNet

  1. historicallyadverb

    throughout history

    "historically they have never coexisted peacefully"

  2. historicallyadverb

    with respect to history

    "this is historically interesting"


  1. historicallyadverb

    In a historic manner; as has been done most often in the past.

    Historically speaking, this company has always collected payment before starting work.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Historicallyadverb

    In the manner of history; by way of narration.

    Etymology: from historical.

    The gospels, which are weekly read, do all historically declare something which our Lord Jesus Christ himself either spoke, did, or suffered in his own person. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    When that which the word of God doth but deliver historically, we construe as if it were legally meant, and so urge it further than we can prove it was intended, do we not add to the laws of God? Richard Hooker, b. iii. s. 5.

    After his life has been rather invented than written, I shall consider him historically as an author, with regard to those works he has left behind him. Alexander Pope, Essay on Homer.


  1. Historically

    History (derived from Ancient Greek ἱστορία (historía) 'inquiry; knowledge acquired by investigation') is the systematic study and documentation of human activity. The time period of events before the invention of writing systems is considered prehistory. "History" is an umbrella term comprising past events as well as the memory, discovery, collection, organization, presentation, and interpretation of these events. Historians seek knowledge of the past using historical sources such as written documents, oral accounts, art and material artifacts, and ecological markers. History is not complete and still has debatable mysteries. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" - George Santayana History is also an academic discipline which uses narrative to describe, examine, question, and analyze past events, and investigate their patterns of cause and effect. Historians often debate which narrative best explains an event, as well as the significance of different causes and effects. Historians also debate the nature of history as an end in itself, as well as its usefulness to give perspective on the problems of the present.Stories common to a particular culture, but not supported by external sources (such as the tales surrounding King Arthur), are usually classified as cultural heritage or legends. History differs from myth in that it is supported by verifiable evidence. However, ancient cultural influences have helped spawn variant interpretations of the nature of history which have evolved over the centuries and continue to change today. The modern study of history is wide-ranging, and includes the study of specific regions and the study of certain topical or thematic elements of historical investigation. History is often taught as a part of primary and secondary education, and the academic study of history is a major discipline in university studies. Herodotus, a 5th-century BC Greek historian, is often considered the "father of history" (as he was one of the first historians) in the Western tradition, although he has also been criticized as the "father of lies". Along with his contemporary Thucydides, he helped form the foundations for the modern study of past events and societies. Their works continue to be read today, and the gap between the culture-focused Herodotus and the military-focused Thucydides remains a point of contention or approach in modern historical writing. In East Asia, a state chronicle, the Spring and Autumn Annals, was reputed to date from as early as 722 BC, although only 2nd-century BC texts have survived.


  1. historically

    Historically refers to events, situations, actions or experiences that occurred or existed in the past. It is typically used to provide background or context to a past time or era. However, it can also be used to examine patterns or trends over a significant period of time, which can provide insight into the present or future.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Historicallyadverb

    in the manner of, or in accordance with, history

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of historically in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of historically in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of historically in a Sentence

  1. Atul Kothari:

    The lessons from today's history books are that Indians are nothing and good for nothing, The truth is that historically we have been a far superior race.

  2. Vanna Bonta:

    Ridicule has historically proven itself a rickety fence for great ideas.

  3. Jim Cramer:

    The party line is that stocks historically have outperformed all other investment plans.

  4. Craig Cooning:

    With Admiral Syring, we are looking to make what we do in missile defense more like space programs and less like defense weapons programs. There's a higher design reliability in space than there historically has been in some weapons programs.

  5. Ursula K. Le Guin:

    To me the female principle is, or at least historically has been, basically anarchic. It values order without constraint, rule by custom not by force. It has been the male who enforces order, who constructs power structures, who makes, enforces, and breaks laws.

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