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From Middle English usualli, equivalent to usual +‎ -ly. Displaced native Old English ġewunelīċe.

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usually (comparative more usually, superlative most usually)

  1. Most of the time; less than always, but more than occasionally.
    Except for one or two days a year, he usually walks to work.
    • 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter IX, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, →OCLC:
      He and Gerald usually challenged the rollers in a sponson canoe when Gerald was there for the weekend ; or, when Lansing came down, the two took long swims seaward or cruised about in Gerald's dory, clad in their swimming-suits; and Selwyn's youth became renewed in a manner almost ridiculous, [].
  2. Under normal conditions.

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