ordinary means

The measures—e.g., looking both ways before crossing a street—that a person, as the ‘steward’ of his/her own life, is required to use to ensure health and self-preservation

ordinary means

Medical ethics The measures that a person, as the 'steward' of his/her own life, is required to use to ensure health and self-preservation. See Reasonable person. Cf Extraordinary means.
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We had here around us all the ordinary means of summer amusement; and what with rambling in the woods, sketching, boating, fishing, bathing, music, and books, we should have passed the time pleasantly enough, but for the fearful intelligence which reached us every morning from the populous city.
But the wet boots had at last suggested to Silas that the child had been walking on the snow, and this roused him from his entire oblivion of any ordinary means by which it could have entered or been brought into his house.
It mattered not whether my impressions were derived through organs called ears, and were communicated by others called those of speech, or whether each function was performed by means of sensations and agencies too subtle to be detected by ordinary means. It was enough for me that I heard and understood, and felt the goodness and glory of God.
Jones, who disdained the humble and ordinary means of destruction used by his companions, was busily occupied, aided by Benjamin, in making arrangements for an assault of more than ordinarily fatal character.
"So it is, I believe," said Sancho, "except the affair of the blanket, which came to pass in reality by ordinary means."
The action of the treacherous Teton was too quick, and too well matured, to admit of any of the ordinary means of defence on the part of the Pawnee.
I knew the strength of the heavy lock--I knew the thickness of the nailed oak--I knew the hopelessness of assailing the one and the other by ordinary means. But surely there were beams still left in the dismantled cottages near the church?
"While I love all the kick-ass ladies of today's fantasy novels, I wanted to create a heroine who accomplishes extraordinary things through ordinary means. At the heart of Asperfell is a woman who fights injustice with courage, compassion, and intelligence," said Thomas.
Rest of the students of the total capacity of 3,700, have to adopt alternative ordinary means including in the residential quarters of the teaching staff in the college premises, which have so far been vacated from the teachers to convert them into the alternative classrooms, he added.
Rest of the students of the total capacity of 3700, have to gotten through the studies in alternative ordinary means including in the residential quarters of the teaching staff in the college premises, which have so far been gotten vacated from the teachers to convert them into the alternative class rooms, he added.
Moralists tell us that one is never obliged to use 'extraordinary' or 'disproportionate' means, while ordinary means are morally obligatory.