Mundane means ordinary.The word is mostly used in negative sense.Can the word "mundane" be used in positive sense too? Like"Mr.K is not a wasteful man.He leads a very mundane life."Another example can be"Miss ABC does not show off in front of others.She is a mundane girl."In the examples I am referring mundane to be "ordinary" and in positive sense.Can the examples be used? or is it wrong technically?
'Mundane' with the meaning of 'dull and ordinary' (as opposed to 'worldly') is almost always used negatively (or at best neutrally). A positive sense can only be accomplished by a context that somehow makes both dull and ordinary positive qualities.
Replacement by either 'dull' or 'ordinary' might be a good idea.
Mark Strand's poem, The Continuous Life, introduces mundane as something deeply positive, in that the parents' devotion to the ordinary things of life is what gives freedom to children, both in the immediate and in the future.
The poem begins like this...
What of the neighborhood homes awash In a silver light, of children hunched in the bushes, Watching the grown-ups for signs of surrender, Signs that the irregular pleasures of moving From day to day, of being adrift on the swell of duty, Have run their course? O parents, confess To your little ones the night is a long way off And your taste for the mundane grows; tell them Your worship of household chores has barely begun;