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  • ordinary; having no remarkable features
  • a platitude or cliché
  • something that is ordinary
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Com"mon*place` (?), a. Common; ordinary; trite; as, a commonplace person, or observation.

Com"mon*place`, n. 1. An idea or expression wanting originality or interest; a trite or customary remark; a platitude.

2. A memorandum; something to be frequently consulted or referred to.

Whatever, in my reading, occurs concerning this our fellow creature, I do never fail to set it down by way of commonplace.

Commonplace book, a book in which records are made of things to be remembered.

Com"mon*place`, v. t. To enter in a commonplace book, or to reduce to general heads. Felton.

Com"mon*place`, v. i. To utter commonplaces; to indulge in platitudes. [Obs.] Bacon.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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