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ordinaryadjective

 us   /ˈɔr·dənˌer·i/
not different, special, or unexpected in any way; usual: His music was of the sort that ordinary Americans could relate to. Computers are now widely available in ordinary school settings.
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ordinaryadjective

uk   /ˈɔː.dən.əri/  us   /ˈɔːr.dən.er.i/
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 was nothing out of the ordinary/did not seem out of the ordinary.

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ordinariness
noun [U] uk   /ˈɔː.dən.əri.nəs/  us   /ˌɔːr.dənˈer.i.nəs/
She expected him to act like a star, but she was surprised at his ordinariness.
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