Although sometimes used, normalcy is less common than normality in American English. It is very rarely used in the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. It is frequent in India, however.
Variant of normal
- conforming with or constituting an accepted standard, model, or pattern; esp., corresponding to the median or average of a large group in type, appearance, achievement, function, development, etc.; natural; usual; standard; regular
- Biol. occurring naturally: normal immunity
- designating or of a salt formed by replacing all the replaceable hydrogen of an acid with a metal or metals
- designating or of a solution which contains an amount of the dissolved substance chemically equivalent to one gram atom of hydrogen per liter of solution
- designating or of a fatty hydrocarbon, the chain of which is continuous rather than branched, in which no carbon atom is united directly to more than two others
- Math. perpendicular; at right angles
- Med., Psychol.
- free from disease, disorder, or malformation; specif., average in intelligence or development
- mentally sound
Origin of normalClassical Latin normalis ; from norma, a rule: see norm
- anything normal
- the usual state, amount, degree, etc.; esp., the median or average
- Math. a perpendicular; esp., a perpendicular to a line tangent to a curve, at its point of tangency