Definition of normality in US English:


(also normalcy)


  • The condition of being normal; the state of being usual, typical, or expected.

    ‘let's try to get some normality back in our lives’
    • ‘Perhaps some kind of semblance of normality can now return.’
    • ‘There can be periods of high political tension but then normalcy returns.’
    • ‘Yesterday Yorkshire flood victims still struggling to return to normality welcomed the move, but said it was too late.’
    • ‘Farmers too want a return to normality in the countryside because many of us are also very dependent on tourism for a large part of our income.’
    • ‘The election is viewed as a first step toward its return to stability, normalcy and democracy, according to the officials.’
    sanity, soundness of mind, mental health, balance, lucidity, reason, rationality
    a normal state of affairs, business as usual, the daily round, routine, a normal pattern, order, regularity
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Normalcy has been criticized as an uneducated alternative to normality, but actually is a common American usage and can be taken as standard: we are anticipating a return to normalcy