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 (ā′hĭ-stôr′ĭ-kəl, -stŏr′-)
1. Conceived or done without consideration of history or historical context.
2. Unconcerned with or ignorant of history.


(ˌeɪhɪsˈtɒrɪkəl) or


not related to history; not historical
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Adj.1.ahistorical - unconcerned with or unrelated to history or to historical development or to tradition
historical - of or relating to the study of history; "historical scholars"; "a historical perspective"
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Trump is making is to think ahistorically, that is, to think as though societies do not change dramatically over time.
Yet conditions of reception remain largely unaffected outside the academy, where the text is often approached ahistorically, with little awareness of the frameworks that define its context or the critical practices that inform its interpretation.
210-211n19), this does not have to mean that it conceives of the practices ahistorically or non-contingently.
To insist now, with blinkered nostalgia, on the value of judgment and individual subjectivity is to extend these terms ahistorically in a way that strikes me as untenable.
Moreover, against the view that psychoanalysis treats desire and psychic life ahistorically, Belsey argues that part of her own project is to show that desire has a history.
AHISTORICALLY, the two main solutions available have been lifetime annuity and income withdrawal (drawdown).
Clearly, Metaxas tends in several places to insinuate Bonhoeffer, ahistorically, as an antecedent for American evangelical positions (for example, distancing him from historical criticism of the Bible [60], accenting his criticism of American liberal theology [102-103], suggesting that Bonhoeffer experienced a "conversion" [123], dismissing "religionless Christianity" as marginal [465-468], or seeking to line him up with litmus test moral issues [472]).
237) They ahistorically characterize the National Guard as a "select-militia" because it does not consist of every person.
The definitive status of a narrator's trustworthiness lies in the hands of the narrator's contemporaries, who carefully review his or her life and social and political relationships--it cannot be judged ahistorically.
ALTHOUGH JUSTICE ANTONIN Scalia is fond of saying that originalism was once orthodoxy within the judiciary, Johnathan O'Neill, professor of history, helpfully reminds us that "traditional textual originalism and contemporary originalism should not be ahistorically equated.
Board of Education invoked Jefferson's "wall of separation" thereby ahistorically inserting "the myth of American religious freedom" into law (237).
Ali Abunimah, co-founder of Electronic Intifada and author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian, argues that the ADL strategy is "inherently anti-Semitic because it assumes incorrectly and ahistorically that all criticism of Israel equals criticism of Jews", and thus condemns all Jews for the racism practiced by Israel.