so·​bri·​ety | \ sə-ˈbrī-ə-tē How to pronounce sobriety (audio) , sō- \

Definition of sobriety

: the quality or state of being sober

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Examples of sobriety in a Sentence

They did a sobriety test on him. the sobriety of the situation
Recent Examples on the Web In video of the incident, Caton and her husband, Cincinnati police Lt. Patrick Caton, are adamant that neither one of them are intoxicated, even after the arresting officer performed a field sobriety test using eye movement on Amanda Caton. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, "Clermont County jury acquits Cincinnati police captain of OVI charge," 24 Apr. 2021 With the release of her most recent album last year, Apple spoke candidly about her alcohol use and how sobriety had changed her. Joelle Goldstein,, "Grammy Winner Fiona Apple Explains Why She's Skipping the Awards Show: 'I Wanna Stay Sober'," 14 Mar. 2021 But a year into quarantine, Dry January has come and gone, yet evidence suggests sobriety is sticking around. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Sober living for everyone is rising in popularity as Chrissy Teigen, more ditch drinking," 10 Mar. 2021 This sentence may very well be what started Chrissy Teigen’s path toward sobriety. Michelle Konstantinovsky, Vogue, "It’s Hard to Stay Sober in a Pandemic, But Holly Whitaker Wants to Help," 27 Jan. 2021 Elise is curious if complete sobriety is the only path forward for her, or if there are other options. Carolyn Kylstra, SELF, "Do I Have a Drinking Problem?," 11 Jan. 2021 Hooker performed a field sobriety test but refused to submit a breath sample. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s Marcus Hooker pleads guilty to operating a vehicle while impaired," 12 Apr. 2021 Varela had bloodshot, watery eyes, and was unable to complete a field sobriety test, according to the documents. Peiyu Lin, The Arizona Republic, "Man found passed out in truck with 5-year-old boy in passenger seat in Peoria," 9 Apr. 2021 Gomez, who recently moved to Enoch from Arizona, failed a field sobriety test, according to police. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah man charged with auto homicide and DUI," 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of sobriety

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sobriety

Middle English sobrete, from Anglo-French sobreté, from Latin sobrietat-, sobrietas, from sobrius

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27 Apr 2021

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“Sobriety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sobriety

: the state of not being drunk
formal : the quality of being serious

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