so·bri·ety | \ sə-ˈbrī-ə-tē , 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

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But the 90 degree temperatures didn't stop the nearly 1,000 people who came out to honor the memory of those passed and celebrate the ones in sobriety at the 5th Annual NKY Hates Heroin 5K at Simon Kenton High School in Independence Saturday. Liz Dufour,, "NKY Hates Heroin hopes to diminish the stigma of addiction," 18 June 2018 After taking field sobriety tests, he was found with a 0.153 blood alcohol content, police say, and was charged with DUI and driving without a license. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "While pulled over for DUI, man argued he only drank bourbon at stop signs, police say," 10 July 2018 According to a police report, Levy failed a field sobriety test. Washington Post, "Former VA pathologist denies being impaired on duty," 9 July 2018 Police say Wisowaty later failed field sobriety tests. Pioneer Press,, "Libertyville police: Man found asleep behind the wheel charged with DUI," 9 July 2018 According to a police report, Levy failed a field sobriety test. Hannah Grabenstein, The Seattle Times, "Former VA pathologist denies being impaired on duty," 9 July 2018 Despite the challenges in her way, de Lesseps recently celebrated six months of sobriety on Instagram. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Newly Sober, 'RHONY' Star Luann de Lesseps Says This Is the Most Challenging Part of Avoiding Alcohol," 12 July 2018 Suddenly, a jail stint interrupts their hard work at sobriety. Felice J. Freyer,, "Addicted people often end up in jail. That can be deadly for them," 9 July 2018 There’s a difference between abstinence and sobriety. Katrine Jo Andersen, The New Republic, "Rejected by A.A.," 27 June 2018

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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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The first known use of sobriety was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of sobriety

: the state of not being drunk

: the quality of being serious

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