AskDefine | Define normalcy

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1 being within certain limits that define the range of normal functioning [syn: normality] [ant: abnormality]
2 expectedness as a consequence of being usual or regular or common [syn: normality]

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  1. the state of being normal; the fact of being normal; normality.
    c.1998: Jeffery Veen, The Art & Science of Web Design - "Designers can create normalcy out of chaos; they can clearly communicate ideas through the organizing and manipulating of words and pictures."



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"A return to normalcy" was U.S. Presidential candidate Warren Harding’s campaign promise in the election of 1920.  Although many of Harding's detractors believed that the word was a neologism as well as a malapropism coined by Harding (as opposed to the more usual term "normality"), there was contemporary discussion and evidence found that normalcy was listed in dictionaries as far back as 1857. Furthermore, the concept apparently encapsulated what Americans wanted, since he was elected president over his Democratic opponent James Cox. Many historians have found humor in the fact that Harding's presidency was, considered by many to be, one of the most scandalous presidencies ever. Plagued by the Teapot Dome scandal as well as several incidents that involved bribery, fraud and the destruction of documents, Harding's presidency was far from the promised normalcy.


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