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[awr-dn-air-uh-lee, awr-dn-er-uh-lee] /ˌɔr dnˈɛər ə li, ˈɔr dnˌɛr ə li/
most of the time; generally; usually:
Ordinarily he wakes at seven.
in an unexceptional manner or fashion; modestly:
a wealthy child who was dressed ordinarily.
to the usual extent; reasonably:
to expect someone to be ordinarily honest.
Origin of ordinarily
1525-35; ordinary + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Nevertheless, ordinarily the best way to discharge the load of a guilty conscience is by pilgrimage.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
  • ordinarily it is a mass of moving light and shade, of color.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10 Charles Herbert Sylvester
  • ordinarily I would have laughed, hot ashes on the father and hot coals under the son, but now I sighed deeply.

    The Jucklins Opie Read
  • Cousin Henry might or might not be ordinarily honest, as are other ordinary people.

    Cousin Henry Anthony Trollope
  • ordinarily Nan would not have been so overjoyed to see Aunt Sarah.

    The Four Corners Amy Ella Blanchard
British Dictionary definitions for ordinarily


/ˈɔːdənrɪlɪ; ˈɔːdəˌnɛrɪlɪ/
in ordinary, normal, or usual practice; usually; normally
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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