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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Joe was also grateful for nearly four decades of his own sobriety., "Joseph James Sullivan," 12 July 2018 That’s how the evening passed, the first of my sobriety—with wandering and wanting and saying no. Longreads, "Trying to Kill the Want," 20 June 2018 After Boualam was discharged from the ER, a trooper asked him to submit to a battery of tests to gauge his sobriety and then a breath test. Stephen Hudak,, "Crash into rear of unmarked sheriff's vehicle leads to DUI charge," 13 May 2018 Eminem on Saturday discussed his sobriety, showing off his 10-year coin in a Twitter post. Noel Harris, sacbee, "How Eminem's days of ‘Purple Pills’ and other drugs have led to a milestone change | The Sacramento Bee," 22 Apr. 2018 Another asked for advice on continuing her sobriety. Christina Austin, Fortune, "How Demi Lovato Is Promoting Drug Rehab and Mental Health at Her Concerts," 12 Apr. 2018 Media: Euronews Wellsprings provides women with the counseling, job training and social skills to become independent individuals, as well as counseling to maintain their sobriety and assist them with mental health issues. Houston Chronicle, "HomeAid teams with GHBA members on remodeling projects," 9 Mar. 2018 The county funding supports treatment and prevention efforts, including improving access to treatment, youth diversion programs and strengthened post-treatment support to help addicts maintain their sobriety, Mumby said. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Black Balloon Day draws attention to heroin, opioid epidemic to spur conversation," 8 Mar. 2018 Up until his recent sobriety, his choices could seem erratic and strange. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "How George Clinton Made Funk a World View," 9 July 2017

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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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