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Dictionary definition for: Historical

1. (a) of or relating to the study of history; "historical scholars" "a historical perspective"

2. (s) having once lived or existed or taken place in the real world as distinct from being legendary; "the historical Jesus" "doubt that a historical Camelot every existed" "actual historical events"

3. (s) belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past; "historic victories" "historical (or historic) times" "a historical character"

4. (a) used of the study of a phenomenon (especially language) as it changes through time; "diachronic linguistics"

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