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normalcy

[ nawr-muhl-see ]
/ ˈnɔr məl si /
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noun
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.

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Origin of normalcy

First recorded in 1855–60; normal + -cy
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Cultural definitions for normalcy

normalcy

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.

notes for normalcy

Normalcy has been used as a general term for the political climate in the United States in the early 1920s.
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