The adverb commonly is good for talking about something that usually or ordinarily happens. Mice, for example, are commonly afraid of cats.


Usually; generally; ordinarily; frequently; for the most part; as, confirmed habits commonly continue trough life.

under normal conditions; "usually she was late"

Usually; generally; ordinarily; frequently; for the most part; as, confirmed habits commonly continue through life.

In common; familiarly.


Com"mon*ly , adv. 1. Usually; generally; ordinarily; frequently; for the most part; as, confirmed habits commonly continue trough life. 2. In common; familiary. [Obs.] Spenser.

Usually; generally; ordinarily; frequently; for the most part; as, confirmed habits commonly continue trough life.


Usage Examples

Eagles commonly fly alone. They are crows, daws, and starlings that flock together.

It is commonly supposed that the art of pleasing is a wonderful aid in the pursuit of fortune but the art of being bored is infinitely more successful.

A pun does not commonly justify a blow in return. But if a blow were given for such cause, and death ensued, the jury would be judges both of the facts and of the pun, and might, if the latter were of an aggravated character, return a verdict of justifiable homicide.

It's commonly said that people who've been ill in childhood and who've had an upset education never really regret that they do. It means that you don't look at the world in the way that other people do, and if you were inclined to be a writer, that's a help.

It is commonly said that a teacher fails if he has not been surpassed by his students. There has been no failure on our part in this regard considering how far they have gone.

No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned... a man in a jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company.

Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils, but the present are commonly too hard for it.

They that apply themselves to trifling matters commonly become incapable of great ones.

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Other Usage Examples

Mental agitations and eating cares are more injurious to health, and destructive of life, than is commonly imagined, and could their effects be collected, would make no inconsiderable figure in the bills of mortality.

For imagination sets the goal picture which our automatic mechanism works on. We act, or fail to act, not because of will, as is so commonly believed, but because of imagination.

Men have a respect for scholarship and learning greatly out of proportion to the use they commonly serve.

Politics, as the word is commonly understood, are nothing but corruptions.

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.

Clairvoyant, n.: A person, commonly a woman, who has the power of seeing that which is invisible to her patron - namely, that he is a blockhead.

It is commonly said and known that each civilization has its own religion. Now my claim is that if we look deeper, the different civilizations were brought into being by the different revelations.

Our aversion to lying is commonly a secret ambition to make what we say considerable, and have every word received with a religious respect.

People commonly travel the world over to see rivers and mountains, new stars, garish birds, freak fish, grotesque breeds of human they fall into an animal stupor that gapes at existence and they think they have seen something.


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