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Definition of "ordinarily" []

  • As a general rule; usually: ordinarily home by six. (adverb)
  • In the commonplace or usual manner: ordinarily dressed pedestrians on the street. (adverb)
  • To the usual extent or degree: an ordinarily small profit. (adverb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ordinarily" in a sentence
  • "The title ordinarily conferred is that of count prefixed to the family name, which title is either merely personal or transferable by right of primogeniture in the male line."
  • "'Hikigaeru' is the term ordinarily used for a bullfrog."
  • "His palate, though untutored, was naturally a good one, and he realised that even to call this liquid a drink — the term ordinarily used by him to designate cheap whisky, post-war beer or a dubious glass of claret in a Soho restaurant — was a sacrilege; this was something outside normal experience: a genie in a bottle."