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1‘the price was low compared with the average of the past 25 years’
mean, median, mode, midpoint, centre
norm, standard, rule, par
the general run
1‘the average temperature in May was 4°C below normal’
mean, median, medial, middle
2‘a woman of average height’
ordinary, standard, usual, normal, typical, regular, unexceptional
3‘a very average director making very average movies’
mediocre, second-rate, uninspired, undistinguished, ordinary, commonplace, middle-of-the-road, mainstream, unexceptional, unexciting, unremarkable, unmemorable, indifferent, humdrum, nothing special, everyday, bland, run-of-the-mill, not very good, pedestrian, prosaic, lacklustre, forgettable, amateur, amateurish
acceptable, passable, all right, adequate, fair, middling, moderate, tolerable
North American garden-variety
informal OK, so-so, bog-standard, fair-to-middling, nothing to write home about, nothing to get excited about, a dime a dozen, no great shakes, not so hot, not up to much
British informal common or garden, not much cop, ten a penny
North American informal bush-league
Australian North American NZ informal jake
NZ informal half-pie
‘on average, I suppose we watch a couple of hours of television a night’
normally, usually, ordinarily, generally, generally speaking, in general, for the most part, in most cases, as a rule, typically
overall, by and large, on the whole, on balance
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