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inordinate

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adjective in·or·di·nate \in-ˈȯr-dən-ət, -ˈȯrd-nət\

Simple Definition of inordinate

  • : going beyond what is usual, normal, or proper

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of inordinate

  1. 1 archaic :  disorderly, unregulated

  2. 2 :  exceeding reasonable limits :  immoderate

inordinately

adverb

inordinateness

noun

Examples of inordinate in a sentence

  1. I waited an inordinate amount of time.

  2. They have had an inordinate number of problems with the schedule.



Did You Know?

At one time if something was "inordinate," it did not conform to the expected or desired order of things. That sense, synonymous with "disorderly" or "unregulated," is now archaic, but it offers a hint at the origins of "inordinate." The word traces back to the Latin verb ordinare, meaning "to arrange," combined with the negative prefix in-. "Ordinare" is also the ancestor of such English words as "coordination," "subordinate," "ordination," and "ordain." "Ordinare" did not give us "order," "orderly," or "disorderly," but the root of those words is the same Latin noun ("ordo") from which "ordinare" itself derives.

Origin and Etymology of inordinate

Middle English inordinat, from Latin inordinatus, from in- + ordinatus, past participle of ordinare to arrange — more at ordain


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of inordinate

excessive, immoderate, inordinate, extravagant, exorbitant, extreme mean going beyond a normal limit. excessive implies an amount or degree too great to be reasonable or acceptable <excessive punishment>. immoderate implies lack of desirable or necessary restraint <immoderate spending>. inordinate implies an exceeding of the limits dictated by reason or good judgment <inordinate pride>. extravagant implies an indifference to restraints imposed by truth, prudence, or good taste <extravagant claims for the product>. exorbitant implies a departure from accepted standards regarding amount or degree <exorbitant prices>. extreme may imply an approach to the farthest limit possible or conceivable but commonly means only to a notably high degree <extreme shyness>.


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