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ordinary

adjective uk   /ˈɔː.dɪ.nə.ri/  us   /ˈɔːr.dən.er-/
B1 not different or special or unexpected in any way; usual: an ordinary neighbourhood Readers of the magazine said they wanted more stories about ordinary people and fewer stories about the rich and famous. Her last concert appearance in Britain was no ordinary (= a very special) performance.in the ordinary way UK normally, or in the way that usually happens: If we hadn't seen the TV programme, we would have carried on giving money to the charity in the ordinary way.out of the ordinary C2 unusual: For the police, the incident seemed nothing out of the ordinary/did not seem out of the ordinary.
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ordinariness
noun [U] uk   /ˈɔː.dɪ.nə.ri.nəs/  us   /ˌɔːr.dənˈer-/
She expected him to act like a star, but she was surprised at his ordinariness.
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