nor·​mal·​cy | \ ˈnȯr-məl-sē How to pronounce normalcy (audio) \

Definition of normalcy

: the state or fact of being normal a return to normalcy after war

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Synonyms & Antonyms for normalcy


normality, status quo



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Examples of normalcy in a Sentence

Let's hope for an end to the war and a return to normalcy. a combat-weary soldier longing for the normalcy of peacetime life

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Did a bunch of fake accounts start following each other to give themselves the appearance of normalcy? Sara Harrison, WIRED, "Twitter's Disinformation Data Dumps Are Helpful—to a Point," 7 July 2019 Under the circumstances, Peter’s desire for some degree of normalcy is entirely, well, normal. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ often soars, though not as much as it twists," 3 July 2019 As the day went on, a sense of normalcy returned to the White House. Jonathan Lemire, Fortune, "'How Many People Will Be Killed?': Why Trump Decided Against Striking Iran," 22 June 2019 But as the decades went by, the veneer of normalcy began to fade as the sacrifices of my mother and our family in the Philippines came to the fore. Angeli Gabriel, National Geographic, "My mother's journey as an overseas Filipino worker," 10 May 2019 Though they were separated, Gina and Matthew took on a birdsnesting custody agreement, sharing a singular home and trading time so that their kids could maintain a sense of normalcy. Dave Quinn,, "Gina Kirschenheiter Claims Husband Choked Her, Threatened to Kill Her While Kids Were in House," 26 June 2019 Magneto’s rejection of Jean comes from a similar place as Jean’s father in that her presence disrupts the normalcy he’s carved out for himself, the barrier of self-preservation. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Quiet Strengths of 'Dark Phoenix'," 8 June 2019 Prince George may be third in line for the throne of the United Kingdom, but that doesn't mean that he has been deprived of the hallmark normalcies of a run-of-the-mill childhood. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Prince George Officially Has a Nickname from His Friends at School," 16 Apr. 2019 Read more: Spending days playing at other homes showed me the normalcy of life and also the abnormal aspects of mine. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Resisting pressure to break diets," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of normalcy

1855, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of normalcy was in 1855

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English Language Learners Definition of normalcy

chiefly US : a normal condition or situation


nor·​mal·​cy | \ ˈnȯr-məl-sē How to pronounce normalcy (audio) \

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nor·​mal·​cy | \ ˈnȯr-məl-sē How to pronounce normalcy (audio) \
plural normalcies

Medical Definition of normalcy

: the state or fact of being normal

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