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[ahr-kahy-vuh l] /ɑrˈkaɪ vəl/
of or relating to archives or valuable records; contained in or comprising such archives or records.
Origin of archival
1840-50; archive + -al1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Its value lies mainly in its discovery, the product of experience, a good eye and meticulous archival research.
  • Her archival research and attention to detail is exemplary.
  • It will serve as an archival site celebrating books.
  • Second, personnel files and other archival data had to corroborate veterans' reports of trauma.
  • There's no shortage of fabulous archival material lurking in college and university collections.
  • Only a tiny fraction of archival material has ever been read, much less digitized.
  • Nor is it likely to in any field where refereeing remains an important part of archival publication.
  • Yet despite a few archival projects, no one is backing up our collective disk.
  • In this way the tagging and archival features are key.
  • The university insures the center's archival holdings, as a whole, for a billion dollars.
Word Origin and History for archival

1800; see archives + -al (1). Related: Archivally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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