reg·​u·​lar·​i·​ty | \ ˌre-gyə-ˈler-ə-tē How to pronounce regularity (audio) also ˌrā-, ˌre-gyə-ˈla-rə-tē also ˌrā- \
plural regularities

Definition of regularity

1 : the quality or state of being regular
2 : something that is regular

Examples of regularity in a Sentence

the regularity of his features
Recent Examples on the Web According to several residents, near-misses like Gabi Mella’s happen with alarming regularity in Plymouth. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin saved Plymouth’s rail line, but drivers at risk because of inadequate safety measures," 19 June 2020 The regularity of moments like these, some obviously racially rooted, others less so, made the Capitol’s gilded and marbled corridors feel like an uninviting and intimidating place to be a person of color. Ricardo Lopez, The New Yorker, "Minnesota’s Decades-Long Failure to Confront Police Abuse," 10 June 2020 The crime would have been shocking anywhere else, but in Hwaseong, then a rural area near South Korea's capital Seoul, murders like this were happening with disturbing regularity. Julia Hollingsworth, Yoonjung Seo And Jake Kwon, CNN, "He spent 20 years in prison for murder. Then someone else confessed to the same crime," 23 May 2020 This was a society with centuries of experience in responding to epidemics that had recurred with deadly regularity since the Black Death of 1348. 1843, "Eyam revisited: lessons from a plague village," 16 Apr. 2020 And for those who use it with that regularity — and who have the cash to spend — the cost of sim-racing setups can easily reach or surpass $10,000-$15,000. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar iRacing: A look at the drivers' different competition setups for Saturday's race," 27 Mar. 2020 Another possible contributing factor to the phenomenon is that people are heading outside less, and taking out the trash with less regularity. Lydia Wang,, "Can’t Find Toilet Paper? Don’t Flush Anything Else," 22 Mar. 2020 Watching the game takes one’s mind off the glitches, irritations and setbacks that life supplies, even among the most fortunate of us, with relentless regularity. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "Coronavirus Has Me Sweating Out My Sports Addiction," 19 Mar. 2020 There was the house fire they had accidentally measured while trying to sample biomass burns in Kansas, a case study that may end up being particularly useful considering the increasing regularity with which wildfires burn human infrastructure. Kyle Dickman, Scientific American, "The Hidden Toll of Wildfires," 1 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of regularity

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Regularity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of regularity

: the quality of something that happens very often or with the same amount of time between each occurrence
: the quality of something that has parts which are arranged in an even or balanced way
: something that happens very often or with the same amount of time between each occurrence


reg·​u·​lar·​i·​ty | \ ˌre-gyə-ˈler-ə-tē How to pronounce regularity (audio) \

Kids Definition of regularity

: the quality or state of happening on or as if on a schedule The seasons occur with regularity.


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plural regularities

Medical Definition of regularity

: the quality or state of being regular maintain bowel regularity

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