Definition of historically in English:



  • 1With reference to past events.

    ‘a historically accurate picture of the time’
    • ‘Nanaimo has historically made headlines on the basis of its lucrative coal and fishing industries.’
    • ‘Inland flooding in turn is historically the largest cause of loss of life in Hurricane events.’
    • ‘I have read up other sources too and have tried to be as historically accurate as possible.’
    • ‘Third, race historically played a key role in southern politics in general and criminal justice in particular.’
    • ‘You don't really want a word that people have historically used to exclude you anyway.’
    • ‘It might not have been historically accurate, but it was spectacular.’
    • ‘Perhaps inspiration derives from current events, so that historically turbulent times would be more rich.’
    • ‘How historically accurate is the game with respect to the sides and the actual events of the war?’
    • ‘More competent players can pit their wits against the masters of the past in historically accurate face-offs.’
    • ‘Treaties and custom have historically been the main methods of creating binding international law.’
    • ‘Although this book is historically accurate, it is not a history book.’
    • ‘This may be because the area has generally low levels of deprivation and historically low death rates.’
    • ‘I'm not so sure about the differences between the two events, historically or culturally.’
    • ‘The general tendency historically has been to drain wetlands and convert them to dry land if they got in the way.’
    • ‘Other health benefits historically ascribed to wine were unproven and mostly optimistic.’
    • ‘Having said that, they also have historically built up their army for land defense.’
    • ‘Every costume, battle and death has to be carefully scripted and planned in order for the day to be historically accurate.’
    • ‘The guides boast that they have done a lot of serious research, and suggest the talk they give is historically accurate.’
    • ‘Our two countries are bound together historically by common values and experience.’
    • ‘Each sketch is an individual work of art and represents a historically accurate reflection of a time past.’
    normally, generally, habitually, customarily, standardly, routinely, regularly, typically, ordinarily, commonly, conventionally, traditionally, historically
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    1. 1.1sentence adverb In the past.
      ‘historically, government policy has favoured urban dwellers’
      • ‘However, historically, audit offices have their origins in the integrity function.’
      • ‘Oral tradition is helpful, historically, but it's weaker than other forms of evidence.’
      • ‘However, the good people of Britain must realise that, historically, it can take up to two years to mobilise them.’
      • ‘The visual style, intellectually a bit feeble, was, historically, surprisingly robust.’