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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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 Because at the worst moment of her life, volleyball offered a sliver of normalcy. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Volleyball player finds light in darkness on court after deadly crash," 1 July 2018 Of course a lot of the frustration over Obama's apparent absence is driven by a sense of powerless and the desire to return to normalcy. Luke Darby, GQ, "Why Obama Has Been Staying Quiet," 25 June 2018 Will training camp and the regular season bring a return to normalcy? 5. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "10 takeaways of the NFL's offseason heading into training camps," 18 June 2018 While some say the openings are the start of a return to normalcy, getting to the stores is a multi-step process. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "For Ellicott City's businesses, signs of a slow comeback after flooding," 14 June 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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