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Definition of "ordinary" []

  • Commonly encountered; usual. See Synonyms at common. (adjective)
  • Of no exceptional ability, degree, or quality; average. (adjective)
  • Of inferior quality; second-rate. (adjective)
  • Having immediate rather than delegated jurisdiction, as a judge. (adjective)
  • Mathematics Designating a differential equation containing no more than one independent variable. (adjective)
  • Of common or established type or occurrence (adjective)

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.

  • Familiar, everyday, or unexceptional (adjective)
  • Uninteresting or commonplace (adjective)
  • Having regular or ex officio jurisdiction (adjective)
  • (of a differential equation) containing two variables only and derivatives of one of the variables with respect to the other (adjective)
  • A common or average situation, amount, or degree (esp in the phrase out of the ordinary) (noun)
  • A normal or commonplace person or thing (noun)
  • A judge who exercises jurisdiction in his own right (noun)
  • An ecclesiastic, esp a bishop, holding an office to which certain jurisdictional powers are attached (noun)
  • The parts of the Mass that do not vary from day to day (noun)
  • A prescribed form of divine service, esp the Mass (noun)
  • Any of several conventional figures, such as the bend, the fesse, and the cross, commonly charged upon shields (noun)
  • A clergyman who visited condemned prisoners before their death (noun)
  • A meal provided regularly at a fixed price (noun)
  • The inn providing such meals (noun)

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Use "ordinary" in a sentence
  • "Thus in the slogan ˜Back to ordinary language™, ˜ordinary™ may be contrasted with"
  • "An embassador who is intrusted with the ordinary business of a minister at a foreign court, is called an _embassador in ordinary_."
  • "I send this letter by her on return, leaving tomorrow = but her speed in ordinary is limited to 15 knots so you need not expect a record run."