normality

When something happens that shakes up your life, you probably look forward to a return to normality, meaning the usual happenings of everyday life.

To correctly pronounce normality, accent the second syllable and rhyme it with gal: "nor-MAL-ity." When you look at normality, you notice the word normal, which describes something that meets common standards. The suffix -ity means "the state of being," so normality refers to a state that is normal, something that is just as expected. Normality and normalcy are synonyms, the later associated with President Warren G. Harding, who during a speech used normalcy instead of the more common normality.

Definitions of normality
  1. noun
    being within certain limits that define the range of normal functioning
    synonyms: normalcy
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    Antonyms:
    abnormalcy, abnormality
    an abnormal physical condition resulting from defective genes or developmental deficiencies
    types:
    averageness
    the state of being that is average; indicates normality but with connotations of mediocrity
    commonness, expectedness
    the state of being that is commonly observed
    typicality
    the state of being that is typical
    type of:
    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
  2. noun
    conformity with the norm
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    type of:
    conformance, conformity
    correspondence in form or appearance
  3. noun
    expectedness as a consequence of being usual or regular or common
    synonyms: normalcy
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    type of:
    expectedness
    ordinariness as a consequence of being expected and not surprising
  4. noun
    (of a solution) concentration expressed in gram equivalents of solute per liter
    synonyms: N
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    type of:
    relative quantity
    a quantity relative to some purpose
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