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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.
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the state of being ordinary
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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
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The quality or condition of being usual:
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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.
The ordinariness of the trio is strangely endearing.
yet, the thing that's most striking with this is its ordinariness. Would be more at home as an Amazon Basic.
I am very proud of that ordinariness. I am inspired by ordinary people and I don't get inspired by achievement and greatness.
In his ordinariness as a human being, Jesus' "glory" also shines.
Among their topics are remarks from a lost engagement with the engaging ordinariness of Parkour, losing Bigfoot, flat claps and Dengue Fever: a story of ethnographies lost and found in India, losing students in a school ethnography: anthropology and the puzzle of holism, and finding lost things under the binds of a neglected thesis cover.
But the ordinariness of their situation ends on July 16, 1997.
Appalling as the case is its very ordinariness is even more so.