- 1 (the norm) Something that is usual, typical, or standard: this system has been the norm in Germany for decadesMore example sentences
- Upper class or not, women must not assume that just because Caesarians have become the norm, it's normal.
- Testing has long impeded all groups of minority students, and is a strong barrier to the success of minorities in schools where standardized testing is the norm.
- We challenge you to join us in creating healthy work environments by making these standards the norm.
- 1.1 (usually norms) A standard or pattern, especially of social behavior, that is typical or expected of a group: the norms of good behavior in the civil serviceMore example sentences
- It is easy to assume that these new roles lead to strains on the elderly in that: they must adapt to changes in social norms and acceptable behavioral standards.
- The distortion and utter disregard for social norms, anti-social behaviour and altered family values, are some of the manifestations of this phenomenon.
- You may not conform to social norms and patterns.
- 1.2A required standard; a level to be complied with or reached: [with modifier]: the 7% pay norm had been breached againMore example sentences
- Now more than ever, the level of detail on every garment has become a requirement, and may soon reach the norm.
- Action will be taken against those who fail to comply with the norm.
- Many teachers themselves believe that 70 hours a week is the norm, and is required of them.
- 2.1An analogous quantity used to represent the magnitude of a vector.More example sentences
- The random vector is drawn from a Gaussian distribution whose standard deviation is 20% of the norm of the force vector.
early 19th century: from Latin norma 'precept, rule, carpenter's square'.