normal

[nawr-muh l]

adjective

noun


Origin of normal

1520–30; < Latin normālis made according to a carpenter's square, equivalent to norm(a) (see norm) + -ālis -al1
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Examples from the Web for normality

Contemporary Examples of normality

Historical Examples of normality

  • Action and annoyance and clownish gambols had chanced to supply the needed impetus to bring her back to normality.

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

  • Another reason for Michael's nonchalant happiness was his normality.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1

    Compton Mackenzie

  • "But we've not," Guy contradicted, mustering desperately all the forces of normality to allay Pauline's over-strained ideas.

    Plashers Mead

    Compton Mackenzie

  • Contact with sane people, if not too long postponed, means an almost immediate restoration to normality.

    A Mind That Found Itself

    Clifford Whittingham Beers



British Dictionary definitions for normality

normal

adjective

usual; regular; common; typicalthe normal way of doing it; the normal level
constituting a standardif we take this as normal
psychol
  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)

noun

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
n.

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

normal

adj.

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

normal

[nôrməl]

adj.

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.

n.

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