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



; nɔːrm
1 often the norm [singular] a situation or a pattern of behaviour that is usual or expected
a departure from the normOlder parents seem to be the norm rather than the exception nowadays.
2 norms [plural] standards of behaviour that are typical of or accepted within a particular group or societysocial/cultural normsShe considered people to be products of the values and norms of the society they lived in.3 [countable] a required or agreed standard, amount, etcdetailed education norms for children of particular agesThe government claims that background radioactivity is well below international norms.Usage noteUsage note: Race and immigrationPrejudice and racismexperience/encounter racism/discrimination/prejudice/anti-semitismface/suffer persecution/discriminationfear/escape from/flee racial/political/religious persecutionconstitute/be a form of racial/race discriminationreflect/reveal/show/have a racial/cultural biasbe 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/minoritiesperpetuate/conform to/fit/defy a common/popular/traditional/negative stereotypeovercome/be blinded by deep-seated/racial/(especially North American English) race prejudiceentrench/perpetuate racist attitudeshurl/shout (especially British English) racist abuse; (especially North American English) a racist/racial/ethnic slurchallenge/confront racism/discrimination/prejudicecombat/fight (against)/tackle blatant/overt/covert/subtle/institutional/systemic racismRace and societydamage/improve (especially British English) race relationspractise/(especially US) practice (racial/religious) tolerance/segregationbridge/break down/transcend cultural/racial barriersencourage/promote social integrationoutlaw/end discrimination/slavery/segregationpromote/embrace/celebrate cultural diversityconform to/challenge/violate (accepted/established/prevailing/dominant) social/cultural normslive in a multicultural societyattack/criticize multiculturalismfight for/struggle for/promote racial equalityperpetuate/reinforce economic and social inequalityintroduce/be for/be against (British English) positive discrimination/(especially North American English) affirmative actionsupport/be active in/play a leading role in the civil rights movementImmigrationcontrol/restrict/limit/encourage immigrationattract/draw a wave of immigrantsassist/welcome refugeeshouse/shelter refugees and asylum seekerssmuggle illegal immigrants into the UKdeport/repatriate illegal immigrants/failed asylum seekersassimilate/integrate new immigrantsemploy/hire migrant workersexploit/rely on (cheap/illegal) immigrant labour/(especially US) laborapply for/gain/obtain/be granted/be denied (full) citizenshiphave/hold dual citizenship
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