- most of the time; generally; usually: Ordinarily he wakes at seven.
- in an unexceptional manner or fashion; modestly: a wealthy child who was dressed ordinarily.
- to the usual extent; reasonably: to expect someone to be ordinarily honest.
Origin of ordinarily
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- in ordinary, normal, or usual practice; usually; normally
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