Definition of norm
- No society lacks norms governing conduct.
- —Robert K. Merton
- studies aimed at establishing the norms of sexual behavior among the middle classes
- standing ovations became the norm
- Bilingualism is the norm in many countries.
She scored well above the norm in math.
Smaller families have become the norm.
Women used to stay at home to take care of the children, but that's no longer the norm.
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norms : standards of proper or acceptable behavior
the norm : an average level of development or achievement
the norm : something (such as a behavior or way of doing something) that is usual or expected
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