Definition of normal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈnɔːml//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɔːrml//
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  1. 1  typical, usual or ordinary; what you would expect quite/perfectly (= completely) normal Her temperature is normal. It's normal to feel tired after such a long trip. Divorce is complicated enough in normal circumstances, but this situation is even worse. Under normal circumstances, I would say ‘yes’. He should be able to lead a perfectly normal life. In the normal course of events I wouldn't go to that part of town. We are open during normal office hours. It is normal practice to inform somebody if you want to leave early. My day began in the normal way, and then I received a very strange phone call.
  2. 2  not suffering from any mental disorder People who commit such crimes aren't normal.
  3. opposite abnormal
    Word Originmid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘right-angled’): from Latin normalis, from norma ‘carpenter's square’. Current senses date from the early 19th cent.Extra examples Go for your check-ups in the normal way until you are six months pregnant. I’d say it was pretty normal to be upset if your house burned down. It is now regarded as normal for women to work outside the home. It started out as a perfectly normal day. Mandy doesn’t seem her normal self today. The temperature is near normal for spring. Under normal circumstances Martin would probably have gone to college. He had been a completely normal, healthy little boy. He should be able to lead a perfectly normal life. Her temperature was normal. I don’t see how otherwise normal, sane people can agree with such a policy. In normal circumstances she would have tested the machine first. In the normal course of events these things take months. It’s normal to feel tired after such a long journey. Life continued as normal. No sane/​normal person would do a thing like that. People who commit these crimes can’t be normal, can they? She seemed perfectly normal to me. Slavery was once seen as normal and natural. The help desk is available during normal office hours. The skin surface is resistant to infection under normal circumstances.Idioms (informal) in the way that is normal or usual; as often happens Everyone blamed me as per usual.
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