normal/ordinary course of events

noun phrase

: the way things usually happen
It's something you would never see in the normal/ordinary course of events.

Examples of normal/ordinary course of events in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the normal course of events, children take it for granted that their parents feed, clothe and educate them. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, 27 May 2024 In the normal course of events, this would have led the aging warrior Paul von Hindenburg, Germany’s President, to appoint Hitler Chancellor. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2024 No one wants to eat a lot, since there’s too much food in the normal course of events, but the difficulty is, there isn’t much to do apart from eat. Nigella Lawson, Vogue, 26 Dec. 2023 In legal contracts, there is a clause called force majeure, which removes liability from unforeseeable and unavoidable catastrophes that may interrupt the normal course of events. Andrew Rosen, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2023 In the normal course of events, any token of reward for Mr. Biden would also likely be short-lived. WSJ, 18 June 2021 Instead of individual episodes that impinge upon a normal course of events, like bombs lobbed by an angry god, disasters are an ongoing and possibly permanent texture to our lives. Emma Marris, The Atlantic, 22 Sep. 2020 In the normal course of events of elegans populations reach their Malthusian limit or carrying capacity, and the chemical signals in the environment trigger a shift of many into an alternative morph which serves to flip the individual into stasis, the dauer. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 19 Aug. 2011

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“Normal/ordinary course of events.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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