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[nawr-muh l-see] /ˈnɔr məl si/
the quality or condition of being normal, as the general economic, political, and social conditions of a nation; normality:
After months of living in a state of tension, all yearned for a return to normalcy.
Origin of normalcy
First recorded in 1855-60; normal + -cy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A little feedback of the idiocy of their present situation to correct their course and return it to normalcy.

    Human Error Raymond F. Jones
  • There are the children who have nothing, no love, no normalcy.

  • We'll have tea and a talk as soon as I return to—to normalcy—that was Mr. Harding's way of expressing it, wasn't it?

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • Perhaps you won't think so when you see me get back to normalcy.

    Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman Emma Speed Sampson
  • I see what must be done to jerk my Cousin Angela back to normalcy.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
Word Origin and History for normalcy

1857, "mathematical condition of being at right angles," from normal + -cy. Associated since c.1920 with U.S. president Warren G. Harding and derided as an example of his incompetent speaking style. Previously used mostly in the mathematical sense. The word prefered by purists for "a normal situation" is normality (1849).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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normalcy in Culture

normalcy definition

A word used by President Warren Harding to describe the calm political and social order to which he wished to return the United States after the idealism and commotion of the presidency of Woodrow Wilson.

Note: Normalcy has been used as a general term for the political climate in the United States in the early 1920s.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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