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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Fischer never administered field-sobriety or breathalyzer tests, according to the claim, and was flirtatious during the encounter. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Latest claim against deputy alleges groping of SDSU student was investigated in 2012, then nothing happened," 15 June 2018 Shepard will use his decade of sobriety, degree in anthropology and years of improv training to become an armchair expert about the human condition. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "Dax Shepard Launches Podcast 'Armchair Expert'," 14 Feb. 2018 Another route to sobriety could be a three-day stay at a detox facility, which costs $985, followed by inpatient treatment ($3,640 for 14 days); then outpatient treatment ($3,674 for a year). Scott Greenstone, The Seattle Times, "What would it cost to house and provide treatment for Seattle’s homeless?," 17 Sep. 2018 Shepard's journey to sobriety has not been an easy one. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Kristen Bell Says She's 'in Awe' of Dax Shepard After He Hits 14 Years of Sobriety," 4 Sep. 2018 Caine said the program will work with people without insurance so that money does not become a barrier to sobriety. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Marion County needle exchange program a step closer to reality," 13 June 2018 Substance abusers have been known to fall off the wagon on their road to sobriety, and this is what happened to your daughter. Abigail Van Buren, Houston Chronicle, "Couple’s plans hit a snag over detour to a strip club," 12 June 2018 No one tells you that the path to sobriety is paved with metal folding chairs. Tyler Watamanuk, Curbed, "My year of folding chairs," 3 May 2018 The report did not give any other specifics about his claim to sobriety. Christopher Dabe,, "Arden Key tells NFL teams he's been sober for longer than a year: report," 14 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of sobriety

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

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