so·​bri·​ety | \ sə-ˈbrī-ə-tē How to pronounce sobriety (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web Howard was given a sobriety test and was found to be intoxicated. Dallas News, "Man dies after motorcycle crash in southwest Dallas; other driver charged with intoxication manslaughter," 23 May 2020 Officers asked the man to perform field sobriety tests, and a police report indicated the man had trouble maintaining his balance. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Alcohol blamed in one-car crash: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 23 May 2020 Hinojosa, 38, refused a field sobriety test, at which point the deputy placed him under arrest. Emilie Eaton,, "Child pornography, family violence, drunken driving: Five San Antonio police officers disciplined for alleged wrongdoing," 21 May 2020 Police say Carmack refused a field sobriety test and a blood test. M.l. Elrick, Detroit Free Press, "Bribery case against Detroit councilman could end in plea deal 3 years after he took money," 18 May 2020 An officer - identified as J. Ramos - conducted a field sobriety test. NBC News, "Family of black choir director killed by Houston police demands release of video," 12 May 2020 Denson smelled of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test, police said. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "White River Township firefighter arrested for drunken driving in Johnson County," 11 May 2020 Maryland Natural Resources police said Coale failed sobriety tests and made several statements taking the blame for Jaeger’s death during a hospital trip for a blood test. Washington Post, "Police: Maryland man delayed call for help after man drowned," 7 May 2020 Saravia Rojas had minor injuries to his knee and no field sobriety test was conducted, though his blood alcohol level was tested. Chelsea Hofmann, azcentral, "Man faces aggravated assault charge after crashing into Phoenix police vehicle, hurting 2 officers," 27 Apr. 2020

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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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28 May 2020

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“Sobriety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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