In ordinary


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In actual and constant service; statedly attending and serving; as, a physician or chaplain in ordinary. An ambassador in ordinary is one constantly resident at a foreign court.
(Naut.) Out of commission and laid up; - said of a naval vessel.

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She had locked the door, and now held the key in her hand, as she threw herself wearily into a chair that stood out of its place in the middle of the house floor, where in ordinary times she would never have consented to sit.
AIG fell from first to seventh in ordinary life, first to sixth in credit life and first to eighth in term life.
Broken out, the largest increase in ordinary reinsurance in-force was attributable to recurring reinsurance, which grew to $724.