[nawr-muh l]



Origin of normal

1520–30; < Latin normālis made according to a carpenter's square, equivalent to norm(a) (see norm) + -ālis -al1
Related formsnor·mal·i·ty, nor·mal·ness, nounan·ti·nor·mal, adjectivean·ti·nor·mal·ness, nounan·ti·nor·mal·i·ty, nounhalf-nor·mal, adjectivehalf-nor·mal·ly, adverbhy·per·nor·mal, adjectivehy·per·nor·mal·ly, adverbhy·per·nor·mal·ness, nounhy·per·nor·mal·i·ty, nounnon·nor·mal, adjectivenon·nor·mal·ly, adverbnon·nor·mal·ness, nounnon·nor·mal·i·ty, noun, plural non·nor·mal·i·ties.o·ver·nor·mal, adjectiveo·ver·nor·mal·ly, adverbo·ver·nor·mal·i·ty, nounqua·si-nor·mal, adjectivequa·si-nor·mal·ly, adverbsem·i·nor·mal, adjectivesem·i·nor·mal·ly, adverbsem·i·nor·mal·ness, nounsem·i·nor·mal·i·ty, nountrans·nor·mal, adjectivetrans·nor·mal·ly, adverbun·nor·mal, adjectiveun·nor·mal·ly, adverbun·nor·mal·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for normality

Contemporary Examples of normality

Historical Examples of normality

  • When his normality abandoned him, he avoided a greater tragedy.

  • The glory of his temperament was its splendid sanity, balance, and normality.

    Mark Twain

    Archibald Henderson

  • Her innocence of any wrong-doing in no way restored her to normality.

    Find the Woman

    Arthur Somers Roche

  • She was surprised into normality, and began to smile as she looked about her.

    Regiment of Women

    Clemence Dane

  • The striking thing about the abnormality of the Germans is its normality in amount.

    The Old World in the New

    Edward Alsworth Ross

British Dictionary definitions for normality



usual; regular; common; typicalthe normal way of doing it; the normal level
constituting a standardif we take this as normal
  1. being within certain limits of intelligence, educational success or ability, etc
  2. conforming to the conventions of one's group
biology med (of laboratory animals) maintained in a natural state for purposes of comparison with animals treated with drugs, etc
chem (of a solution) containing a number of grams equal to the equivalent weight of the solute in each litre of solventSymbol: N
chem denoting a straight-chain hydrocarbon: a normal alkane . Prefix: n-, e.g. n- octane
geometry another word for perpendicular (def. 1)


the usual, average, or typical state, degree, form, etc
anything that is normal
geometry a line or plane perpendicular to another line or plane or to the tangent of a curved line or plane at the point of contact
Derived Formsnormality (nɔːˈmælɪtɪ) or esp US normalcy, noun

Word Origin for normal

C16: from Latin normālis conforming to the carpenter's square, from norma norm
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Word Origin and History for normality

1849, from normal + -ity. Perhaps influenced by French normalité (1834).



c.1500, "typical, common;" 1640s, "standing at a right angle," from Late Latin normalis "in conformity with rule, normal," from Latin normalis "made according to a carpenter's square," from norma "rule, pattern," literally "carpenter's square" (see norm). Meaning "conforming to common standards, usual" is from 1828, but probably older than the record [Barnhart].

As a noun meaning "usual state or condition," from 1890. Sense of "normal person or thing" is from 1894. Normal school (1834) is from French école normale (1794), a republican foundation. The city of Normal, Illinois, U.S., was named 1857 for the normal school established there.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for normality




Conforming with, adhering to, or constituting a norm, standard, pattern, level, or type; typical.
Functioning or occurring in a natural way; lacking observable abnormalities or deficiencies.
Occurring naturally and not because of disease, inoculation, or any experimental treatment. Used of immunity.
Of, relating to, or being a solution having one gram equivalent weight of solute per liter of solution.
Of, relating to, or being an aliphatic hydrocarbon having a straight and unbranched chain of carbon atoms.
Of, relating to, or characterized by average intelligence or development.


The usual or the expected state, form, amount, or degree.
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