In the early twentieth century, President Warren Harding popularized the word normalcy with his slogan: “return to normalcy," about getting back to normal life after the war. Since then, the word has been used often instead of "normality."

Normalcy, pronounced "NOR-mal-see," 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.

Definitions of normalcy

n being within certain limits that define the range of normal functioning

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

n expectedness as a consequence of being usual or regular or common

Type of:
ordinariness as a consequence of being expected and not surprising

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