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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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We need, Zemel urges, to historicize Kacyzne's images, to resist a merely nostalgic response to such evocative images; and more importantly, we need to avoid the impulse to view Kacyzne's archive of a pre-Shoah shtetl world through a "backshadowing" lens, which distorts, or ahistorically imposes, a future dark history before the fact of the death camps.
11) It is important to note, however, that Kant's version is merely one variant of transcendental thinking, and that what is taken to be a transcendental determiner does not have to be an ahistorically conceived "reason" but can be virtually anything that conditions, grounds, facilitates or enables something without being itself further determined in the process.
Not only can Cavalcanti be read in isolation from the historical events at the turn of the fourteenth century, but his poetry, and indeed much of the poetry of the dolce stil novo, can similarly be read ahistorically.
Presumably this is the same Barabbas whose release from prison the Jews recently called for while condemning Yeshua, which just goes to show that God and ahistorically minded screenwriters work in mysterious ways.
Trump is making is to think ahistorically, that is, to think as though societies do not change dramatically over time.
These explanations focus ahistorically on general 'triggers' for piracy such as geography, weak law enforcement, maritime insecurity, economic dislocation, and cultural acceptability (Bueger, 2015).
Within the specific context of civil rights struggle, Ellison recognizes, in the forms of both literature and vernacular cultural practices of African Americans in the twentieth century, the revolutionary potential of autonomy that Marcuse, narrowly and ahistorically, associates with European high art.
But at worst, ahistorically conceived standards do, precisely because of their abstractness and poor fit, become a distraction.
That is to say, in a course otherwise structured chronologically, John Brown's Body was presented ahistorically, more as a text of the Civil War era than of the post-World War I era in which it was written.
Lugones criticizes her male colleagues on familiar feminist grounds for having an essentialist concept of sex and argues that gender is socially constructed, not ahistorically but in the processes of colonialism.
As Nietzsche tells us in "The Utility and Liability of History for Life," "the animal lives ahistorically, for it disappears entirely into the present, like a number that leaves no remainder" (Nietzsche 1995, 88).