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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
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  • Instead, even the best earthbound telescopes ordinarily see a star as a fat smudge.
  • ordinarily, the immune system of any mammal will work to fight off a fungal parasite.
  • That's not the way people ordinarily write for postings on academic fora.
  • For me as a reader, none of these conditions were met, ordinarily.
  • So the faster reaction movement would not ordinarily make up for that delay.
  • ordinarily the wall would serve as a dam, blocking the flow of both electrolyte and electric current.
  • ordinarily this highly erodible land would be suitable for cows, not crops.
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  • In the minds of the poor success does not ordinarily go with charity and kind-heartedness, but rather with the opposite qualities.
  • ordinarily, food industry-sponsored programs make me squirm.
British Dictionary definitions for ordinarily


/ˈɔːdənrɪlɪ; ˈɔːdəˌnɛrɪlɪ/
in ordinary, normal, or usual practice; usually; normally
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