Definition of ordinarily in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈɔːd(ə)ˌn(ə)rɪli//ˌɔːdɪˈnɛrɪli/


  • 1[sentence adverb] Usually.

    ‘a person who is ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom’
    • ‘But ordinarily it is best to just put everything in one book.’
    • ‘Things that would ordinarily be classified as bad practice usually go unnoticed.’
    • ‘This was considered to be a breakthrough step because some of those legislators are not ordinarily permitted to enter China.’
    • ‘This is a party at the beginning of the season here in Martha's Vineyard, and ordinarily Kay would be here.’
    • ‘The Canada Elections Act says a person must vote in the riding where he or she ordinarily resides and not where mail is delivered.’
    • ‘You have to be nice to people who you ordinarily wouldn't say hello to because you need money to run a campaign.’
    • ‘From what I understand you to be saying, that is not ordinarily the case.’
    • ‘The owner or spouse of the owner must ordinarily reside in the home and must also use the home for domestic or private residential purposes.’
    • ‘Hillsboro is not where you would ordinarily look for schools in crisis.’
    • ‘Hypnosis merely helps them to lift inhibitions that they may, ordinarily, have against performing in public.’
    • ‘Now, this ordinarily wouldn't be a problem as I have a bus pass.’
    • ‘This makes them considerably less expensive for a house-hunter who ordinarily would have to pay for a site.’
    • ‘A book echoing this thesis wouldn't ordinarily be required reading for a sports fan or anyone else.’
    • ‘People who might ordinarily be overlooked typically have a voice in our discussions.’
    • ‘It was also delivered to another address where the person is believed to ordinarily reside.’
    • ‘Well, this president has emerged as a much more polarizing figure in time of war than we're ordinarily used to.’
    • ‘So the world must ordinarily appear to us in such a way that we can accept these principles.’
    • ‘Although this would ordinarily have me heading for the hills, there is more than enough strangeness and humour to balance it out.’
    • ‘She said the patients who would most be affected were those who, before the walk-in centre opened, would ordinarily see their GPs.’
    • ‘Maintenance staff ordinarily clean up the litter, and it's back to life as usual.’
    usually, normally, as a rule, generally, as a general rule, in general, in the general run of things, for the most part, by and large, mainly, mostly, most of the time, customarily, typically, habitually, commonly, routinely
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  • 2In a normal way.

    ‘an effort to behave ordinarily’
    • ‘It started ordinarily enough with me standing outside my local convenience store, but there seemed to be something different about it.’
    as usual, as normal, naturally, conventionally, regularly
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