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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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 The Indian capital, which just weeks ago suffered the devastating force of the coronavirus, with tens of thousands of new infections daily and funeral pyres that burned day and night, is taking its first steps back toward normalcy. New York Times, 31 May 2021 The world is experiencing a two-speed pandemic, with wealthy nations moving back toward normalcy, and poor ones experiencing new outbreaks and dealing with a lack of vaccines and therapeutics. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 28 May 2021 In the latest step toward normalcy, most Washington Football Team players, coaches and executives did not have to wear masks Saturday morning for the end of the team’s rookie minicamp. Washington Post, 18 May 2021 Now that 40% of the U.S. population has already received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, the U.S. in particular is fast approaching toward normalcy. Trefis Team, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Vaccines are a step back toward normalcy, too, but many of the same folks who fought lockdowns and mask orders are resisting them, too. al, 16 May 2021 Even for those who have begun going back to the classroom, vaccination is another step toward normalcy. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 14 May 2021 For everyone else, the benefits of Baseball, 2021-style will be enjoyed with an eye toward normalcy, even with its inconveniences. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 13 May 2021 Most capacity restrictions will be lifted across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, while all-day subway service will resume in New York City, as lower virus rates and higher vaccinations help move the region toward normalcy. Michelle Kaske, Fortune, 3 May 2021

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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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4 Jun 2021

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“Normalcy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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) \

Kids Definition of normalcy


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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