Other forms: normalcies

In the early twentieth century, President Warren Harding popularized the word normalcy with his slogan, "Return to normalcy." Harding was referring getting back to normal life after World War I. Since then, the word has been used often to mean "normality."

Normalcy is a state of being normal, usual, or expected. When something returns to a state of normalcy, it is returning to the way that it ought to be. It is another word for normality. Some people believe that normalcy should not be used because the word normality is more formally correct, but in the U.S., you'll often see normalcy used. When it comes to choosing one, take your pick. Though Harding's slogan made the word more common, it originates in the field of mathematics.

Definitions of normalcy
  1. noun
    being within certain limits that define the range of normal functioning
    synonyms: normality
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    abnormalcy, abnormality
    an abnormal physical condition resulting from defective genes or developmental deficiencies
    the state of being that is average; indicates normality but with connotations of mediocrity
    commonness, expectedness
    the state of being that is commonly observed
    the state of being that is typical
    type of:
    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
  2. noun
    expectedness as a consequence of being usual or regular or common
    synonyms: normality
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    type of:
    ordinariness as a consequence of being expected and not surprising
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