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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.
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(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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However, the texts are treated ahistorically at times, ignoring the global impact of patriarchy.
All of our present problems have histories, but "none of them is as incomprehensible, when viewed myopically or ahistorically as our racial dilemma." Early in his political career, Jefferson advocated measures to end slavery, but he was unable to imagine a biracial society; he insisted on the inferiority of blacks even as he fathered children with his slave Sally Hemings.
study of all human psycho-cultural phenomena without ahistorically
This is important history to cover as it is too easily lost and forgotten in official present-day planning and development efforts, which ahistorically treat the operation of the current irrigation system as having somehow transcended and become free of these colonial-era objectives.
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.
Unsurprisingly, the quintessentially modernist model for this kind of thinking can be found in Kant, for whom reason, as the transcendental ground of appearances, "is determining, not determinable." (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.
ahistorically, or without attention to the structural forces that cause
ahistorically, the implication is that these things mark the limits
In The Social Sex, Yalom ahistorically assimilates the emotions and relationships of past generations to our own.
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. Yet to do so eliminates some of the newness of their verse.