nor·​mal·​cy | \ˈnȯr-məl-sē \

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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Shiva was looking away, but in a super-intelligent way, which made the whole thing look like a portrait in normalcy, maybe precocity, and, anyway, Seema’s best Bollywood smile lit up the landscape better than any sun. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 Which has been one (controversial) aim of the broader gay-rights movement, certainly; normalcy, parity, integration into mainstream American life. Richard Lawson, HWD, "Why L.G.B.T.-Centered TV Is Stuck in the Past," 30 May 2018 But as much as lawmakers are trying to keep up a veneer of normalcy, beneath the surface is a surreal undercurrent that’s dominating the 2018 legislative session. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Amid week of distractions, Missouri lawmakers move to isolate embattled governor | The Kansas City Star," 20 Apr. 2018 More Essays Mayberry is the very picture of American normalcy, which is what the Siamese Twins, in their unrelenting fight, were trying to achieve. Yunte Huang, WSJ, "The Amazing American Story of the Original Siamese Twins," 29 Mar. 2018 The hope now is that next year brings a sense of normalcy back to free agency. Rohan Nadkarni,, "NBA Free Agency Needs to Return to Normal in 2019," 10 July 2018 By the time Djokovic put the finishing touches on his 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory, a sense of normalcy had returned. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Wimbledon Has a New Doubles Event: Tennis and the World Cup," 7 July 2018 Ann deserves a better life, a simpler life and one of normalcy. Nina Metz,, "‘Claws’ Episode 4 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Scream’ and Quiet Ann finding her voice," 1 July 2018 Alvarado was warming again, and a call to the pen, a call to normalcy, was surely coming. Emma Baccellieri,, "The Rays and Marlins Played An Incredibly Strange Game on Tuesday Night," 4 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

: a normal condition or situation


nor·​mal·​cy | \ˈnȯr-məl-sē \

Kids Definition of normalcy


nor·​mal·​cy | \ˈnȯr-məl-sē \
plural normalcies

Medical Definition of normalcy 

: the state or fact of being normal

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obstinately defiant of authority

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