Antonyms for ordinary

Grammar : Adj
Spell : awr-dn-er-ee
Phonetic Transcription : ˈɔr dnˌɛr i

Definition of ordinary

Origin :
  • early 15c., "belonging to the usual order or course," from Old French ordinarie "ordinary, usual" and directly from Latin ordinarius "customary, regular, usual, orderly," from ordo (genitive ordinis) "order" (see order (n.)). Its various noun usages, dating to late 14c. and common until 19c., now largely extinct except in out of the ordinary (1893). In British education, Ordinary level (abbrev. O level), "lowest of the three levels of General Certificate of Education," is attested from 1947. Related: Ordinarily.
  • adj common, regular
  • adj average; not distinctive
Example sentences :
  • “And so I have,” said Randall with something of his ordinary humour.
  • Extract from : « The Armourer's Prentices » by Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Are they not sufficiently well paid to have the ordinary comforts of life?
  • Extract from : « Ester Ried Yet Speaking » by Isabella Alden
  • But the ways of the police are not always those of ordinary decency.
  • Extract from : « Within the Law » by Marvin Dana
  • But, in spite of these ordinary defects, he was fond of his work and wishful to excel in it.
  • Extract from : « Within the Law » by Marvin Dana
  • At least, she had kept him from the outrageous folly of an ordinary burglary.
  • Extract from : « Within the Law » by Marvin Dana
  • The construction of the furnaces is of the ordinary French pattern.
  • Extract from : « Scientific American Supplement, No. 433, April 19, 1884 » by Various
  • Now, this is not the ordinary man's experience of passion and its effects.
  • Extract from : « The Man Shakespeare » by Frank Harris
  • There is nothing to show that the stauros used was other than an ordinary stauros.
  • Extract from : « The Non-Christian Cross » by John Denham Parsons
  • Of course the recovered indigo may be used in the ordinary manner.
  • Extract from : « Scientific American Supplement, No. 447, July 26, 1884 » by Various
  • And as for the angels and saints, they are the ordinary companions of men.
  • Extract from : « The Dream » by Emile Zola

Synonyms for ordinary

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