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 of sobriety from the Web
After so many years of sobriety, this moment of terrible judgment seems to have completely impaired and altered his state of mind.
Several field sobriety tests and breath and urine testing followed.
Weinstein said prosecutors would have to use other evidence that Woods was impaired, such as failing roadside sobriety tests, being found asleep at the wheel or signs of a possible accident with his car.
Still, officers say Woods slurred his speech and failed field sobriety tests, prompting them to take him into custody.
After failing all the roadside sobriety tests, Woods was handcuffed and taken to jail.
When the officer asked him to walk in a straight line as part of a sobriety test, the officer said Woods missed his heel to toe each time, stepped off the line and had to use his arms for balance.
Whether his country's Supreme Court agrees - or thinks banning a fascistic party led by a Nazi fanboy is the surest route back to sobriety - will soon be seen.
The sobriety of the pedestrian will be determined through a toxicology report from the Placer County Coroner’s Office, the news release said.
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Origin and Etymology of sobriety
Middle English sobrete, from Anglo-French sobreté, from Latin sobrietat-, sobrietas, from sobrius
First Known Use: 15th century
SOBRIETY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sobriety for English Language Learners
: the state of not being drunk
: the quality of being serious
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