Etymology
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historical (adj.)

early 15c., "of or pertaining to history, conveying information from the past," with -al (1) + Latin historicus "of history, historical," from Greek historikos "historical; of or for inquiry," from historia (see history). For sense differentiation, see historic. Meaning "narrated or mentioned in history" (as opposed to what is fiction or legend) is from 1843. Related: Historically.

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Definitions of historical

historical (adj.)
of or relating to the study of history;
a historical perspective
historical scholars
historical (adj.)
having once lived or existed or taken place in the real world as distinct from being legendary;
actual historical events
doubt that a historical Camelot every existed
the historical Jesus
historical (adj.)
belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past;
historical (or historic) times
a historical character
Synonyms: historic
historical (adj.)
used of the study of a phenomenon (especially language) as it changes through time;
Synonyms: diachronic
From wordnet.princeton.edu