orderly, adj. 1. neat, tidy, uncluttered, trim, Brit. trig, neat as a pin, neat as a bandbox; shipshape, snug, spick-and-span, picked up, Inf. in apple-pie order, in good shape, with a place for everything and everything in its place; spruce, smart, well-groomed; balanced, well-balanced, apollonian, well-proportioned, well-arranged, harmonious, symmetrical, well-designed; regular, uniform, constant, even; steady, on an even keel, unchanging, undeviating, alike.
2. methodical, systematic, scientific; precise, sharp, keen, exact, meticulous, discriminating; efficient, businesslike, correct, careful, attentive, alert, clearheaded, clear-witted, level-headed; thorough, straightforward, direct, conventional, formal.
3. law-abiding, peaceable, well-behaved, well-mannered, mannerly, civil, courteous, polite; disciplined, obedient, dutiful, self-controlled, restrained; nonviolent, peaceful, pacific, irenic; quiet, gentle, mild, placid, serene, tranquil; civilized, considerate, thoughtful, neighborly; nonresisting, yielding, submissive.
-n. 4. attendant, assistant, adjutant; nurse's aide, tender, steward; messenger, runner, SI. gofer, errand boy; underling, factotum, menial, servant, Brit. Mil. batman.
ordinance, n. 1. decree, edict, Law. writ, rescript, assize; dictate, dictum, order, command, injunction, fiat, sanction, prescript, prescription, mandate, firman; commandment, behest, dictation; word, word of command, direct order, Inf. the word; charge, commission, directive, direction, instruction; ruling, proclamation, pronouncement, declaration, ukase, bull; precept, canon, rubric; guideline, working principle, guiding principle.
2. law, regulation, rule, bylaw, statute; enactment, act, measure, bill; control, prohibition, ban, restriction.
3. Eccles. rite, ceremony, institution, form, prescribed form, mode of worship; sacrament, communion.
ordinarily, adv. 1. generally, in general, in ordinary cases, under usual circumstances, usually, in the usual course of things, customarily; habitually, from habit, as a rule, from day to day, regularly, routinely, daily, Inf. like clockwork; frequently, for the most part, by and large, most often, often enough, Inf. right along.
2. plainly, simply, modestly, without fuss, quietly, unpretentiously, matter-of-factly; in an ordinary way, commonly, commonplacely, prosaically, without distinction.
3. reasonably, to the usual or expected extent, in most cases or instances, mostly, chiefly, mainly, all things considered, on balance, all in all; in the ordinary way, familiarly, normally, as a matter of course, as a rule, conventionally, Inf. by the book.
ordinary, adj. 1. usual, conventional, regular, natural, normal, average; typical, general, prevalent, prevailing, common, current, popular; understood, approved, accepted, recognized; customary, wonted, accustomed, habitual, routine, repeated, recurrent; established, acknowledged, ritual, traditional, orthodox, consuetudinary; familiar, known, everyday, standard, Inf. G. I.; known, well-known, set, fixed, cut and dried, predetermined.