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inordinate

adjective in·or·di·nate \in-ˈr-dən-ət, -ˈrd-nət\

: going beyond what is usual, normal, or proper

Full Definition of INORDINATE

1
archaic :  disorderly, unregulated
2
:  exceeding reasonable limits :  immoderate
in·or·di·nate·ly adverb
in·or·di·nate·ness noun

Examples of INORDINATE

  1. I waited an inordinate amount of time.
  2. They have had an inordinate number of problems with the schedule.

Origin 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

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