Definition of norm noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//nɔːm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɔːrm//
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  1. 1(also the norm) [singular] a situation or a pattern of behaviour that is usual or expected synonym rule a departure from the norm Older parents seem to be the norm rather than the exception nowadays.
  2. 2norms [plural] standards of behaviour that are typical of or accepted within a particular group or society social/cultural norms She considered people to be products of the values and norms of the society they lived in. CollocationsRace and immigrationPrejudice and racism experience/​encounter racism/​discrimination/​prejudice/​anti-semitism face/​suffer persecution/​discrimination fear/​escape from/​flee racial/​political/​religious persecution constitute/​be a form of racial/​race discrimination reflect/​reveal/​show/​have a racial/​cultural bias be biased/​be prejudiced against (especially British English) black people/(both especially North American English) people of color/​African Americans/​Asians/​Africans/​Indians, etc. discriminate against minority groups/​minorities perpetuate/​conform to/​fit/​defy a common/​popular/​traditional/​negative stereotype overcome/​be blinded by deep-seated/​racial/(especially North American English) race prejudice entrench/​perpetuate racist attitudes hurl/​shout (especially British English) racist abuse; (especially North American English) a racist/​racial/​ethnic slur challenge/​confront racism/​discrimination/​prejudice combat/​fight (against)/tackle blatant/​overt/​covert/​subtle/​institutional/​systemic racismRace and society damage/​improve (especially British English) race relations practise/ (especially US English) practice (racial/​religious) tolerance/​segregation bridge/​break down/​transcend cultural/​racial barriers encourage/​promote social integration outlaw/​end discrimination/​slavery/​segregation promote/​embrace/​celebrate cultural diversity conform to/​challenge/​violate (accepted/​established/​prevailing/​dominant) social/​cultural norms live in a multicultural society attack/​criticize multiculturalism fight for/​struggle for/​promote racial equality perpetuate/​reinforce economic and social inequality introduce/​be for/​be against (British English) positive discrimination/(especially North American English) affirmative action support/​be active in/​play a leading role in the civil rights movementImmigration control/​restrict/​limit/​encourage immigration attract/​draw a wave of immigrants assist/​welcome refugees house/​shelter refugees and asylum seekers smuggle illegal immigrants into the UK deport/​repatriate illegal immigrants/​failed asylum seekers assimilate/​integrate new immigrants employ/​hire migrant workers exploit/​rely on (cheap/​illegal) immigrant labour/(especially US English) labor apply for/​gain/​obtain/​be granted/​be denied (full) citizenship have/​hold dual citizenship
  3. 3[countable] a required or agreed standard, amount, etc. detailed education norms for children of particular ages The government claims that background radioactivity is well below international norms.
  4. Word Originearly 19th cent.: from Latin norma ‘precept, rule, carpenter's square’.Extra examples In the inner-city areas, poverty is the norm rather than the exception. On-screen editing has become the norm for all student work. Small families are the norm nowadays. The new design is a departure from the norm. Their appearance conforms to the group norm. They want to discourage pay settlements over the norm. accepted norms of behaviour accepted norms of international law Public examination systems set up a norm, on which each student is judged. The level of background radioactivity is well below international norms. The revised norms are based on test scores of 2 050 children aged between five and ten. There is a comparison of each child with the age norms.
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