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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)

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 "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."