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ordinarily

[ awr-dn-air-uh-lee, awr-dn-er-uh-lee ]
/ ˌɔr dnˈɛər ə li, ˈɔr dnˌɛr ə li /
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adverb

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.

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Origin of ordinarily

First recorded in 1525–35; ordinary + -ly
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British Dictionary definitions for ordinarily

ordinarily
/ (ˈɔːdənrɪlɪ, ˈɔːdəˌnɛrɪlɪ) /

adverb

in ordinary, normal, or usual practice; usually; normally
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