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“And so I have,” said Randall with something of his ordinary humour.

Are they not sufficiently well paid to have the ordinary comforts of life?

But the ways of the police are not always those of ordinary decency.

At least, she had kept him from the outrageous folly of an ordinary burglary.

But, in spite of these ordinary defects, he was fond of his work and wishful to excel in it.

The construction of the furnaces is of the ordinary French pattern.

Now, this is not the ordinary man's experience of passion and its effects.

There is nothing to show that the stauros used was other than an ordinary stauros.

Of course the recovered indigo may be used in the ordinary manner.

And as for the angels and saints, they are the ordinary companions of men.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "belonging to the usual order or course," from Old French ordinarie "ordinary, usual" and directly from Latin ordinarius "customary, regular, usual, orderly," from ordo (genitive ordinis) "order" (see order (n.)). Its various noun usages, dating to late 14c. and common until 19c., now largely extinct except in out of the ordinary (1893). In British education, Ordinary level (abbrev. O level), "lowest of the three levels of General Certificate of Education," is attested from 1947. Related: Ordinarily.

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