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2 having full use of one's mind and control over one's actions
  • if you run around screaming like that, no one will think you are normal

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Synonyms & Antonyms of normal (Entry 2 of 2)

what is typical of a group, class, or series
  • a temperature chart showing the normals and extremes for various regions

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How does the adjective normal differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of normal are natural, regular, and typical. While all these words mean "being of the sort or kind that is expected as usual, ordinary, or average," normal implies lack of deviation from what has been discovered or established as the most usual or expected.

normal behavior for a two-year-old

In what contexts can natural take the place of normal?

The meanings of natural and normal largely overlap; however, natural applies to what conforms to a thing's essential nature, function, or mode of being.

the natural love of a mother for her child

When is regular a more appropriate choice than normal?

While in some cases nearly identical to normal, regular stresses conformity to a rule, standard, or pattern.

the club's regular monthly meeting

When might typical be a better fit than normal?

The words typical and normal are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, typical implies showing all important traits of a type, class, or group and may suggest lack of strong individuality.

a typical small town

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The first known use of normal was circa 1696

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“Normal.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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