Definition of chronological in English:



  • 1(of a record of events) following the order in which they occurred.

    ‘the entries are in chronological order’
    • ‘Here is a rough chronological list of the members of the Dialectical school.’
    • ‘The story is the chronological succession of events that serve as the foundation or the building blocks of the narrative.’
    • ‘Rogers explores the number of different ways Page is thought about through a loosely chronological record of her life.’
    • ‘Nearly 90 paintings and drawings are displayed in 11 rooms, organised thematically within a loosely chronological sequence.’
    • ‘The back of the card should contain a chronological listing of the dates the dog came in and the prices charged.’
    • ‘Penberthy's initial decision to put the poems in chronological sequence of composition established a solid reference point, a relatively easy plan to conceive and a very hard one to carry out.’
    • ‘McAdams's story proceeds mostly as a chronological narrative of events on the island, from the earliest planning of the facility to its eventual closure at the end of the war.’
    • ‘Furthermore, a mostly chronological account, while sensible, sometimes works against dramatic storytelling.’
    • ‘The records are lovingly arranged in his home in chronological order.’
    • ‘How they felt, and coped, and suffered and celebrated is what I always want to know, not just a chronological outline of events.’
    • ‘A chronological resume provides a clearer picture of a person's past achievements, they say.’
    • ‘Kala's book is not straight chronological biography.’
    • ‘The writer's intention is that, filled with chronological accounts of important events, his work should persist till universal dissolution.’
    • ‘It was one of those chronological lists of events in a chart, now known as timelines for some reason to do with management-speak or computers.’
    • ‘He provides the reader with a riveting, impartial, and chronological account of events on the ground.’
    • ‘Consequently, readers seeking a more traditional chronological narrative of political events might need to look elsewhere.’
    • ‘The chapters, which followed a chronological order, were basically chapters on the history of politics and ideas.’
    • ‘Prior to that date no chronological diary appears to have been written of the decisions (of all kinds, both economic and strictly religious) taken by the Society.’
    • ‘The narrative of the exhibition is broadly chronological, overlaid with a thematic approach.’
    • ‘Clarke writes briskly, his narrative strictly chronological, starting with Judy's parents and ending with her funeral.’
    • ‘The events are presented in chronological order of occurrence.’
    sequential, consecutive, in sequence, in order of time, in order, ordered, progressive, serial
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    1. 1.1 Calculated in terms of the passage of time.
      ‘medical decisions should be based on the individual's biological age, not chronological age’
      • ‘Transitions are brief events that mark chronological movement from one state to another.’
      • ‘We need to bring an antiquated world into real time. We need to bury much of the chronological past that really is no more than a celebration of mayhem.’
      • ‘It is very nicely laid out and color coded with little house-like images and labels dated to preserve a sense of chronological continuity.’
      • ‘The chronological differences between past and present in time travel are marked.’
      • ‘In chronological terms, Paviland is early in the European series of burials and is actually the earliest with a firm radiocarbon date measured directly on human bone.’
      • ‘Though the arrangement seems at first to be a chronological one, dating from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, the grouping is actually methodological.’
      • ‘In commemorating the 50th anniversary of the formation of the International Committee of the Fourth International we are not simply marking a chronological event.’
      • ‘We treat ‘breakfast’ as a relative rather than chronological term around here and apply it to the first meal of the day, whenever that might occur.’
      • ‘Then also, by the same reasoning, it cannot impose the death penalty upon an adult (by chronological age) with a mental capacity similar to that of that same 7-year-old.’
      • ‘This time, the result was rather more encouraging: I'd turned the clock back 21 years, bringing my chronological age and biological age into line.’
      • ‘When two cultures base their interaction on yet a third, an important connection is established that transcends geographical, national, and chronological boundaries.’
      • ‘Both plants are the same chronological age and were grown in parallel under the same environmental conditions.’
      • ‘And third, the nature of the chronological and psychological passage from youth to adulthood has changed in extraordinary ways.’
      • ‘As I said in response to the earlier question, we give our priority according to the chronological date on which the petitions were received, not the number of people who signed them.’
      • ‘It is true that he recognizes the scene as an event in his life, and to this degree acknowledges the chronological link with his past self.’
      • ‘The organization of the volume is accordingly not thematic but, as far as possible, chronological, by the dates of the philosopher discussed.’
      • ‘She could have delved deeper into Huxley's life and times, skipped some of the diary dates and jumped beyond the strictly chronological limits.’
      • ‘At one extreme lies the view that these rights are superior to civil and political rights in terms of an appropriate value hierarchy and in chronological terms.’
      • ‘Your biological age can be different from your chronological age.’
      • ‘I have a chronological date, dating back 40 years ago, from the 1960s and 1970s, to when that party, in 1991 went through this thing and did nothing.’
    2. 1.2 Relating to the establishment of dates of past events.
      ‘the diary provided a chronological framework for the events’
      • ‘The final section, ‘men and events’, gives a chronological approach to the period.’
      • ‘A chronological synopsis of essential clinical events should be extracted from the medical record before the autopsy is begun and helps to guide the process.’
      • ‘The broadly chronological approach reveals a number of stages in her development as an artist.’
      • ‘Finally, employing this chronological and geographical framework, Mosk surveys Japan's modern industrial and urban history in general.’
      • ‘The remaining task of this introduction is to provide the basic chronological framework for the period c.400-c.1000.’
      • ‘He establishes a traditional chronological framework, using life events and building projects to explore the nature of Corb's creative process.’
      • ‘Rogers adopts a strictly chronological approach, which makes his book an engaging, inviting read.’
      • ‘It also offers the chronological details of the event that spanned around a month and carried the views expressed by almost all the top leaders and the newspapers.’
      • ‘She says that rather than view events in a chronological, linear, and hierarchical way, Native Americans view events in relation to other events.’
      • ‘Phylogenetic resolution and chronological dating of speciation events in Lycopersicon has proved difficult.’
      • ‘I am just trying to ascertain - you are advancing a sort of tight chronological argument based on dates.’
      • ‘The chronological studies showed that the phyllochron is correlated with growth events.’
      • ‘By contrast, scientists working from a creation perspective view all significant geological events within a Biblical chronological framework.’
      • ‘Little, a history professor, is good at chronological exposition and boasts a hefty bibliography.’
      • ‘Moore's approach is chronological with interpretation of important events and personalities based upon her study of the Zambelli records.’
      • ‘The former provides a fairly precise chronological and geographical framework in which we can define the broad shape of the conquest of Britain in the first century.’
      • ‘In much recent literature the term ‘Caledonian’ has also been applied to igneous and metamorphic events in a chronological sense.’
      • ‘By adopting relatively broad geographical and chronological frameworks, Dyer's book raises a number of issues that beg for further study.’
      • ‘Its treatment of political events is chronological and quite detailed.’
      • ‘The exhibition is arranged thematically within a chronological framework with works rarely seen or examined outside their country of origin.’