Ordinary
Ordinary Or"di*na*ry, a. [L. ordinarius, fr. ordo, ordinis, order: cf. F. ordinaire. See {Order}.] 1. According to established order; methodical; settled; regular. ``The ordinary forms of law.'' --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. Common; customary; usual. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Method is not less requisite in ordinary conversation that in writing. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. Of common rank, quality, or ability; not distinguished by superior excellence or beauty; hence, not distinguished in any way; commonplace; inferior; of little merit; as, men of ordinary judgment; an ordinary book. [1913 Webster]

An ordinary lad would have acquired little or no useful knowledge in such a way. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

{Ordinary seaman} (Naut.), one not expert or fully skilled, and hence ranking below an {able seaman}. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Normal; common; usual; customary.

Usage: See {Normal}. -- {Ordinary}, {Common}. A thing is common in which many persons share or partake; as, a common practice. A thing is ordinary when it is apt to come round in the regular common order or succession of events. [1913 Webster]


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  • ordinary — or·di·nary adj: of a kind to be expected from the average person or in the normal course of events; broadly: of a common kind or degree an ordinary proceeding compare extraordinary Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Ordinary — • Denotes any person possessing or exercising ordinary jurisdiction Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Ordinary     Ordinary     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Ordinary — Or di*na*ry, n.; pl. {Ordinaries} ( r[i^]z). 1. (Law) (a) (Roman Law) An officer who has original jurisdiction in his own right, and not by deputation. (b) (Eng. Law) One who has immediate jurisdiction in matters ecclesiastical; an ecclesiastical …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ordinary — ► ADJECTIVE 1) with no distinctive features; normal or usual. 2) (of a judge, archbishop, or bishop) exercising authority by virtue of office and not by delegation. ► NOUN (pl. ordinaries) 1) (Ordinary) those parts of a Roman Catholic service,… …   English terms dictionary

  • ordinary — (adj.) mid 15c., belonging to the usual order or course, from O.Fr. ordinarie, from L. ordinarius customary, regular, usual, orderly, from ordo (gen. ordinis) order (see ORDER (Cf. order) (n.)). Various noun usages, dating to late 14c. and common …   Etymology dictionary

  • ordinary — Shortened designation for ordinary mail …   Glossary of postal terms

  • ordinary — [adj1] common, regular accustomed, customary, established, everyday, familiar, frequent, general, habitual, humdrum*, natural, normal, popular, prevailing, public, quotidian, routine, run of the mill*, settled, standard, stock, traditional,… …   New thesaurus

  • ordinary — [ôrd′ n er΄ē] n. pl. ordinaries [OFr & ML: OFr ordinarie < ML(Ec) ordinarius < L, an overseer, orig., orderly, regular < ordo,ORDER] 1. a) an official having jurisdiction within a specified area by right of the office he or she holds;… …   English World dictionary

  • ordinary — adj *common, familiar, popular, vulgar Analogous words: *usual, customary, habitual, wonted, accustomed Antonyms: extraordinary Contrasted words: *abnormal, atypical, aberrant: *exceptional: *irregular …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ordinary — 1. noun At common law, one who had exempt and immediate jurisdiction in causes ecclesiastical. Also a bishop; and an archbishop is the ordinary of the whole province, to visit and receive appeals from inferior jurisdictions. Also a commissary or… …   Black's law dictionary

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