ordinarily

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

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


ORDINARILY Defined for Kids

ordinarily

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

Definition of ordinarily for Students

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


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