the norm

Definition of the norm

  1. 1 :  an average level of development or achievement She scored well above/below the norm in math.

  2. 2 :  something (such as a behavior or way of doing something) that is usual or expected Smaller families have become the norm.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  an authoritative standard :  model

    :  a principle of right action binding upon the members of a group and serving to guide, control, or regulate proper and acceptable behavior

    :  average: such as

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to criticize severely

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