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Ordinary and normal - thesaurus

Synonyms

BAU

abbreviation

business as usual: used for referring to a situation where everything is happening as normal, especially after a period when it was not

identikit

adjective

showing disapproval with many features in common and little individual character

normal

adjective

something that is normal is how you expect it to be, and is not unusual or surprising in any way

ordinary

adjective

normal or average, and not unusual or special

standard

adjective

generally used or accepted as normal

routine

adjective

ordinary and not interesting or special

commonplace

adjective

not unusual

mundane

adjective

ordinary and not interesting or exciting, especially because of happening too regularly

unremarkable

adjective

very ordinary, with no qualities that interest or impress you

unexceptional

adjective

not unusual, exciting, or especially good

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a dime a dozen

extremely common, and therefore not very valuable or special

all in a day’s work

used for saying that you are willing to do something or are able to deal with it because it is part of your normal job or activities

anonymous

adjective

something that is anonymous has no interesting or unusual features

basic

adjective

simple and with no special features

be the rule

to be what usually happens or what is considered to be normal

bog standard

adjective

Britishinformal ordinary and not special in any way

business as usual

used for describing a situation in which everything happens normally, especially after a period of time when things happen in a different way

characterless

adjective

very ordinary and with no interesting qualities

common-or-garden

adjective

Britishinformal very ordinary

commonplace

noun

formal something that often happens or is often done and is therefore not unusual

conventional

adjective

of the usual, traditional, or accepted type, instead of being new and different

cookie-cutter

adjective

showing disapproval used for describing people, things, or ideas that are exactly the same as others and not at all original

crude

adjective

made using very simple methods or materials

day-to-day

adjective

happening every day as part of your normal life

everyday

adjective

very common or completely normal, and often not very interesting

flesh and blood

noun

used for saying that someone has the same qualities that all people share, especially qualities that limit what people are capable of

have feet of clay

if someone who you admire or respect has feet of clay, they are not perfect because they have serious faults

human

adjective

showing normal human feelings and behaviour, especially showing that you can be weak

humble

adjective

simple and with only basic equipment or features

in the normal/ordinary course of events

used when you are saying what would normally happen

it’s the same old story

used for saying that a bad situation has often happened before

(it’s the) story of my life

used when talking about something bad that happens to you often

mainstream

adjective

considered ordinary or normal and accepted or used by most people

meat-and-potatoes

adjective

mainly Americaninformal basic and simple

middle

adjective

a middle way of doing something is a way of doing it that is not as extreme as two other ways of doing it

middle-of-the-road

adjective

middle-of-the-road opinions, attitudes, styles etc are not extreme

natural

adjective

reasonable or expected in a particular situation

naturally

adverb

as most people would expect or understand

no-frills

adjective

including only the most basic features, and of acceptable quality but not very high quality

no more than

used for saying that a particular situation or result seems suitable or normal

nondescript

adjective

very ordinary and not interesting or attractive

norm

noun

something that is usual or expected

normal

adjective

someone who is normal is like most people in the way that they think, behave, or look

normalcy

noun

formal normality

normality

noun

a situation in which everything is normal

ordinarily

adverb

in normal situations

ordinarily

adverb

British in an ordinary way

ordinary

adjective

plain and not especially good, interesting, or impressive

overblown

adjective

mainly literary something that is overblown is made to seem more important, exciting, or impressive than it really is

pedestrian

adjective

ordinary and boring

primitive

adjective

very simple in design

pro forma

adjective

of a standard type used in every situation, not designed especially for a particular situation

prosaic

adjective

ordinary and lacking imagination or excitement

quotidian

adjective

literary ordinary and not unusual or surprising

regular

adjective

used for describing things that are ordinary or of average size

regular

adjective

mainly American used for describing someone who is ordinary and pleasant

right

adjective

in the position, state, or situation that you would normally expect someone or something to be

right

adverb

in the way that you would normally hope something to be

rough-and-ready

adjective

simple and prepared quickly, but effective

routinely

adverb

as part of the usual way of doing something

rude

adjective

old-fashioned made or designed in a simple way

run-of-the-mill

adjective

ordinary and not interesting

second nature

noun

actions that you perform automatically and without thinking, because they seem normal or natural

simple

adjective

with only one or very few parts

simple

adjective

honest and ordinary

simply

adverb

in a very ordinary or plain way

standard-issue

adjective

usual or normal, with no special qualities or features

straight

adjective

informal someone who is straight is normal and ordinary but slightly boring

ten a penny

very common and therefore not worth a lot

unadventurous

adjective

boring and ordinary

uncomplicated

adjective

simple

unmemorable

adjective

ordinary, or boring

vanilla

adjective

informal of the basic ordinary type, with no special features

white-bread

adjective

Americaninformal ordinary or traditional, used especially to refer to the behaviour and values typical of white North Americans

workaday

adjective

formal ordinary or common, and not special or unusual

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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