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

Definition of sobriety

: the quality or state of being sober

Examples of sobriety in a Sentence

They did a sobriety test on him. the sobriety of the situation
Recent Examples on the Web Alabama is one of five states with six-month sobriety requirements, including Arkansas, Mississippi, South Carolina and South Dakota. al, 11 May 2022 As Drew notes, sarcastically, Marcus seems to have grown a conscience since finding sobriety. Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2022 Townshend — who has three adult children with ex-wife Karen Astley, and who married musician Rachel Fuller in 2016 — looked for similar relief in cocaine and heroin, but found nothing worked, until sobriety. Rachel Desantis,, 6 May 2022 Uso was arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge after failing field sobriety and breathalyzer tests. Mark Heim |, al, 27 Apr. 2022 The testimony capped off a dramatic day in court in which Depp’s sobriety, or lack thereof, was called into question by Heard’s team as well as the actor’s alleged role in sharing drugs with his famous friends. Tatiana Siegel, Rolling Stone, 21 Apr. 2022 So much of the first two episodes are about Cassie's sobriety. Samantha Highfill,, 21 Apr. 2022 Season 1 earned the actress an Emmy nomination, and her full-throated commitment to the role has not diminished as Cassie Bowden attempts sobriety and tries to get her life together. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2022 In a welcome contrast to the show’s first year, the whodunit and sobriety storylines are far better integrated, providing not just a moving but also bracing portrayal of alcohol dependency amid crisis. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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21 May 2022

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“Sobriety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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