from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In accordance with normal custom or routine; as a matter of established occurrence.
  • adv. Usually or as a general rule; commonly.
  • adv. In the usual manner; unexceptionally.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. According to established rules or settled method; as a rule; commonly; usually; in most cases.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an ordinary manner.
  • Commonly; usually; in most cases.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. under normal conditions


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From ordinary +‎ -ly.


  • 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.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • 'Hikigaeru' is the term ordinarily used for a bullfrog.

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  • 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.

    Whose Body

  • The mysterious, earthy addition to pastas or sauces, that ordinarily is associated with fine dining and luxury, has become oppressive for these uptown residents.

    Truffle Smell Deters Buyers of West Side Condominium

  • While it ordinarily is a question of fact as to whether a driver's response to an emergency is reasonable, where, as here, the evidence establishes the reasonableness of the driver's response, summary judgment is appropriate.

    Sui Generis--a New York law blog:

  • Upon which the same disorder, confusion, and error follow, as would if a man, going to demonstrate something of an heptagon, should, in the diagram he took to do it, leave out one of the angles, or by oversight make the figure with one angle more than the name ordinarily imported, or he intended it should when at first he thought of his demonstration.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • I did not get the context of the usage but ordinarily is that acceptable or did he mis-use the word algunas?

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  • This throng of figures has extremely little of what ordinarily is called character.

    Nobel Prize in Literature 1924 - Presentation

  • The local judges, as we have remarked, were not what this technical title ordinarily means.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • The titles ordinarily treat of the civil law (nomoi politikoi), as well as ecclesiastical law.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon


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