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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Right now, the City of Chico is trying to restore a sense of normalcy for evacuees. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The Paradise fire is catastrophic. And the wildfire threat to California is only growing.," 17 Nov. 2018 Now, two months later, the cameras have retreated; the spotlight has dimmed; and driving to run errands or visit family has gone from novelty to normalcy for Saudi women. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Driving On Her Own in Saudi Arabia," 17 Aug. 2018 What was the height of normalcy for one becomes a central plot point for the other., "Ocean's 8 Review: Coats, Cartier & Real Female Friendships — What's Not To Love?," 6 June 2018 Though a monthly normalcy for around two billion people worldwide, menstruation rarely appears in American popular culture. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Why Do Americans Refuse to Give Up Tampons?," 21 May 2018 There is no sense of normalcy for a player who moves around that much; just when Ellington would start to get his bearings with a franchise, he’d be shipped off in a trade or his contract would expire. Rob Mahoney,, "Breakaway: Wayne Ellington's Journey From Indistinguishable to Indispensable," 5 Apr. 2018 The shows represent a return to normalcy for Ruoff, the Noblesville venue originally known as Deer Creek and most recently as Klipsch Music Center. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Dave Matthews Band will play 2 local shows this summer," 16 Jan. 2018 Keep up with your hobbies and interests to help maintain a sense of normalcy. Claire Gillespie, SELF, "3 Women on How They’ve Handled the Hardest Parts of Ovarian Cancer," 13 Dec. 2018 Valuing Representation and Engagement Over Tokenism Zellie Cash, one of Fluide's original models who Kraber met on the C train, felt that working with Fluide gave her a sense of validation and normalcy. Ludmila Leiva, Allure, "Meet Fluide, the Makeup Brand That Believes in the Power of Inclusion — Not Tokenism," 10 Sep. 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 \

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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