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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
1855-60; normal + -cy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In previous liquidity-trap episodes, policy makers gave in to pressure to return to normalcy far too soon.
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  • If there is a cause, there is a cure and those with that curse can be brought back to normalcy or some semblance of a normal life.
  • Hopefully it will come to an end soon and this wonderful country can return to normalcy and prosperity.
  • Any sign of normalcy is said to be good news these days.
  • The point is that normalcy for reproductive organs is not necessarily a pleasant or safe thing.
  • The people are still not able to get back to normalcy.
  • They are re-establishing the normalcy of a longstanding free-speech right.
  • But normalcy and strong economic relations must be restored to consolidate peace and democracy in the region.
  • Yet, part of the charm of these shows is the complete normalcy of their stars.
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.
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