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Definition of normalcy

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web As the country opens back up and people return to some semblance of normalcy, there is the desire to move on. Maya Feller, NBC News, "Nutritionist Maya Feller: 5 ways to diversify the wellness industry," 24 June 2020 The swift collapse of normalcy in March shows just how flimsy the facade of the normal really was. John Patrick Leary, The New Republic, "The Myopic Fantasy of Returning to “Normal”," 22 June 2020 With many Floridians back in business, a sense of normalcy has returned for some restaurant owners, including George Yiannikakis. Fox News, "Miami stumbles behind rest of Florida in economic reopening," 19 June 2020 Pandemic allowing, all will be back by next month providing us all with daily respites of normalcy. Los Angeles Times, "Letters: How many errors can these guys make?," 19 June 2020 Games will be played in Utah, players will be in a secluded bubble and maybe for a few hours each day there will be a return to some semblance of normalcy. oregonlive, "‘Big risks, big rewards’: Thorns’ Rocky Rodriguez prepares for NWSL’s return," 18 June 2020 And even though experts no longer see that as the case, many Americans are eager to return to a sense of normalcy. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Florida, Arizona and Texas report record number of daily Covid-19 cases this week," 17 June 2020 Ireland has been on strict lockdown due to COVID-19, but signs of normalcy are returning. Kieran Dodds, National Geographic, "What’s the secret behind Dublin’s storytelling magic?," 16 June 2020 On June 1, though, some semblance of normalcy returned when the zoo opened its gates with many changes and some cooperative weather. USA TODAY, "Silver Dollar City, ‘Thunder’ silenced, empty Vegas buffets: News from around our 50 states," 16 June 2020

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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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27 Jun 2020

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“Normalcy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of normalcy

chiefly US : a normal condition or situation


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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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