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# Normalcies

[nawr-muh l-see] /ˈnɔr məl si/

noun
1.
the quality or condition of being , 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.
n.

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).

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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• Normal-curve

noun, Statistics. 1. a bell-shaped curve showing a particular distribution of probability over the values of a random variable. Also called Gaussian curve, probability curve. noun 1. (statistics) a symmetrical bell-shaped curve representing the probability density function of a normal distribution. The area of a vertical section of the curve represents the probability that the […]

• Normalcy

[nawr-muh l-see] /ˈnɔr məl si/ noun 1. the quality or condition of being , 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. n. 1857, “mathematical condition of being at right angles,” from normal + -cy. […]

• Normal-distribution

noun, Statistics. 1. a theoretical frequency distribution represented by a normal curve. noun 1. (statistics) a continuous distribution of a random variable with its mean, median, and mode equal, the probability density function of which is given by (exp-[(x–μ)²/2σ²]/σ√(2π)) where μ is the mean and σ² the variance Also called Gaussian distribution normal distribution (nôr’məl) […]

• Normal distribution curve

In statistics, the theoretical curve that shows how often an experiment will produce a particular result. The curve is symmetrical and bell shaped, showing that trials will usually give a result near the average, but will occasionally deviate by large amounts. The width of the “bell” indicates how much confidence one can have in the […]

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