norm noun

ADJ. accepted, established | ethical, moral | cultural, social | statistical | community, family, group

VERB + NORM conform to Their behaviour conforms to the group norm. | break, challenge | deviate from, differ from

PREP. above the ~, below the ~, over the ~ They want to discourage pay settlements over the norm. | ~ for On-screen editing has become the norm for all student work. | ~ of accepted norms of behaviour

PHRASES a deviation/departure from the norm, an exception to the norm, the norm rather than the exception In the inner-city areas, poverty is the norm rather than the exception.