- often; frequently: commonly used words.
- usually; generally; ordinarily.
- in a common manner.
Origin of commonly
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2. normally, customarily, routinely.
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Examples from the Web for commonly
Israel commonly holds people suspected of threatening national security for long periods without access to legal counsel.The Strange Case of the Christian Zionist Terrorist
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The euphemism most commonly used by convicts for dying is to “be taken off the count.”A Million Ways to Die in Prison
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He used the Arab acronym for ISIS or ISIL, as the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” commonly is known.Arab Kings vs. ISIS Barbarians
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Its main role is commonly thought to be coordinating our movements.Early Brain Injury Might Be the Root of Autism
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Teams are commonly sponsored by corporations, and even fielded by financial firms.Bros Love Dragon Boats
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We commonly make it the last, if we ever make it at all; but it is the first and the ruling one.
The minute you touch on religion, as commonly understood, you reach the sectarian.
Apples in some form or other are commonly served with goose.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
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Katy stood in what is commonly designated as a "brown study."Her Father's Daughter
Prisoners, too, are commonly allowed to help themselves in a variety of ways.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- usually; ordinarilyhe was commonly known as Joe
- derogatory in a coarse or vulgar wayshe dresses commonly
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Word Origin and History for commonly
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