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Adjective: historical  hi'stor-u-kul or hi'stó-ru-kul [N. Amer], hi'stó-ri-kul [Brit]
  1. Of or relating to the study of history
    "historical scholars"; "a historical perspective"
     
  2. Having once lived, 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. Belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past
    "historical times"; "a historical character";
    - historic
     
  4. (language) used of the study of a phenomenon (especially language) as it changes through time
    "historical linguistics";
    - diachronic

See also: existent, past, real

Antonym: ahistorical

Encyclopedia: Historical