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1. Commonly encountered; usual: an ordinary delay at the bridge tolls. See Synonyms at common.
a. Having no special ability, quality, or purpose: ordinary people; ordinary black tea.
b. Not particularly good; not better than average: The service was good, but the food was very ordinary.
3. Law Having direct authority to decide a case, rather than being delegated that power, as a judge.
4. Mathematics Designating a differential equation containing no more than one independent variable.
n. pl. or·di·nar·ies
1. The usual or normal condition or course of events: Nothing out of the ordinary occurred.
2. Law A judge with direct authority as opposed to delegated authority to decide a case.
3. often Ordinary Ecclesiastical
a. The parts of the Mass that remain unchanged from day to day.
b. A division of the Roman Breviary containing the unchangeable parts of the office other than the Psalms.
c. A cleric, such as the residential bishop of a diocese, with ordinary jurisdiction over a specified territory.
4. Heraldry One of the simplest and commonest charges, such as the bend and the cross.
5. Chiefly British
a. A complete meal provided at a fixed price.
b. A tavern or inn providing such a meal.

[Middle English ordinarie, from Old French, from Latin ōrdinārius, from ōrdō, ōrdin-, order; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]

or′di·nar′i·ness n.


the state of being ordinary
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ordinariness - the quality of being commonplace and ordinary
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
mediocrity, averageness - ordinariness as a consequence of being average and not outstanding
expectedness - ordinariness as a consequence of being expected and not surprising
commonplaceness, everydayness, commonness - ordinariness as a consequence of being frequent and commonplace
extraordinariness - the quality of being extraordinary and not commonly encountered


The quality or condition of being usual:
References in classic literature ?
Thick-set and of middle height, with nimble movements, with his brown hat, olive-green coat and narrow trousers--though wide trousers had been a long while in fashion,--most of all, with the ordinariness of his broad face, and the combined expression of timidity and anxiety to keep up his dignity, Mihailov made an unpleasant impression.
Her face had latterly changed with changing states of mind, continually fluctuating between beauty and ordinariness, according as the thoughts were gay or grave.
The ordinariness of the surroundings made the matters they dealt with extraordinarily moving.
Thus it is always with those in the high places, ever temporising with their natural desires, ever masking their ordinariness under a show of disinterest.
Appalling as the case is its very ordinariness is even more so.
There's not a day that goes by where I'm not putting on my shoes, or brushing my teeth, where I just think about the ordinariness of, people who just went to a concert, or the ordinariness of the day from people from 9/11, who were just doing an ordinary thing, and then you never get home," she said.
Tracing how the very ordinariness of ordinary people's lives underlies and explains the emergence of Christianity, Knapp says their lives were inextricably entangled with the supernatural as well as the natural world, and their day-to-day experience with the supernatural--experiences modern scholars do not share with them--is what led them to embrace new ideas, rather than the stark spiritual and ideological dichotomies that the today's religious taxonomy offers.
But its overemphasis on the ordinariness of the couple mean that it is likeable, although very hard to love.
At the same time, he teases Martha, who arrives, laden with evidence of his ordinariness from the Royal Library.
BAGUIO-BASED painter Benjie Mallari focuses on the power of ordinariness in his new exhibition 'Walks of Life.
The fear that this man creates in established political circles is through his ordinariness - he is not slick, and he has, praise the Lord, principles, which he adheres to.
Fingers in the Sparkle Jar goes beyond one man's story of growing up with obsessive-compulsive disorder by showing life in all its extraordinariness and wondrous ordinariness.