the norm


: an average level of development or achievement
She scored well above/below the norm in math.
: something (such as a behavior or way of doing something) that is usual or expected
Smaller families have become the norm.

Examples of the norm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Acknowledging that mental health in the Black community has long been dismissed, The Color Purple star said she’s taught her son Marcell to go against the norm and be vulnerable in sharing his struggles and seeking help. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 9 May 2024 Given the way the Florida Panthers have defended throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs to this point, that was pretty much the norm. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 23 May 2024 Smiling, friendly faces are the norm rather than the exception—from the clerk at the drugstore to folks just passing by on the street. Tara Massouleh McCay, Southern Living, 21 May 2024 Since the Regency era is a time period where overlays, embellishments, and dramatic details were the norm, the Mondrichs leaned into this. Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for the norm 

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“The norm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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