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chronology +‎ -ical


chronological ‎(comparative more chronological, superlative most chronological)

  1. In order of time from the earliest to the latest
    • 8 November 2014, Kirsty Gunn in The Guardian, A Book of Death and Fish by Ian Stephen – review
      A Book of Death and Fish is about one Peter MacAulay, an unremarkable individual who has the sea and its promises alwayus with him, experiencing the usual strains of growing up and growing old – the death of a friend, his parents, marriage and children – all set out in chronological order and divided into two books, Migration and Turbulence.
  2. In units of time.
    He is 67 in chronological age, but has the mind and body of someone 55.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In the "units of time" sense, the term is almost exclusively used to clarify a contrast.

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chronological” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).