or·​di·​nar·​i·​ly | \ ˌȯr-də-ˈner-ə-lē How to pronounce ordinarily (audio) \

Definition of ordinarily

: in an ordinary manner or to an ordinary extent: such as
a : in the ordinary course of events : usually She was ordinarily very busy in the morning. the jobs ordinarily handled by junior staff members … cortisol, a hormone which ordinarily comes into play in situations of bodily stress …— Maggie Scarf Ordinarily, the immune system of any mammal will work to fight off a fungal parasite.— David Quammen
b : to the usual extent : moderately It must suffice for him to be ordinarily honest according to the ordinary honesty of the world's ways …— Anthony Trollope
c : in a commonplace or inferior way : without distinction A friend of mine … has two apartments on the 3rd floor, very ordinarily furnished …— Walt Whitman

First Known Use of ordinarily

1555, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ordinarily

used to describe the way things are normally or usually done


or·​di·​nar·​i·​ly | \ ˌȯr-də-ˈner-ə-lē\

Kids Definition of ordinarily

: in the usual course of events I ordinarily go home.

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involving a confidence or trust

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