[awr-dn-air-uh-lee, awr-dn-er-uh-lee]
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  1. most of the time; generally; usually: Ordinarily he wakes at seven.
  2. in an unexceptional manner or fashion; modestly: a wealthy child who was dressed ordinarily.
  3. to the usual extent; reasonably: to expect someone to be ordinarily honest.

Origin of ordinarily

First recorded in 1525–35; ordinary + -ly
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  1. in ordinary, normal, or usual practice; usually; normally
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