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 Yet 18 weeks remain before Election Day—an eternity in the era of Trump, when big shocks come with stunning regularity. ... Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Joe Biden Leads; He Still Faces Four Big Tasks," 29 June 2020 Since the death of George Floyd and other black people who have died during interactions with police, demonstrations against police brutality have taken place with regularity in nearly every major American city. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "WATCH: Police SUV plows through Black Lives Matter demonstrators in Detroit," 29 June 2020 Close examinations of the role of white supremacy in every facet of American life, from the economy and politics to justice and education, are happening with more regularity. Candace Mcduffie, The Christian Science Monitor, "Racial justice: Five eye-opening documentaries," 26 June 2020 This grade does not assess the quality of a state’s testing, but rather the detail, transparency, and regularity of its data. The Atlantic, "A State-by-State Coronavirus Tracker," 25 June 2020 Stardust warns that during this time, our periods may be late, early, or extra heavy, which makes sense, seeing that stress plays a factor in our period's regularity. Elizabeth Gulino,, "Mercury Retrograde Might Be Coming For Your Period," 21 June 2020 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

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First Known Use of regularity

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of regularity was in 1600

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“Regularity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 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.


reg·​u·​lar·​i·​ty | \ ˌreg-yə-ˈlar-ət-ē How to pronounce regularity (audio) \
plural regularities

Medical Definition of regularity

: the quality or state of being regular maintain bowel regularity

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