in·​or·​di·​nate | \ in-ˈȯr-də-nət How to pronounce inordinate (audio) , -ˈȯrd-nət \

Definition of inordinate

1 : exceeding reasonable limits : immoderate
2 archaic : disorderly, unregulated

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Other Words from inordinate

inordinately adverb
inordinateness noun

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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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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.

Examples of inordinate in a Sentence

I waited an inordinate amount of time. They have had an inordinate number of problems with the schedule.
Recent Examples on the Web The 49ers had a host of key players who aggravated their injuries during a 6-10 season that was marked by an inordinate amount of attrition. Eric Branch,, "49ers’ injuries: Just bad luck? Or were ailing players put back on field too soon?," 13 Jan. 2021 Included in the e-mail were Estrella’s recounting that Lawless spent an inordinate amount of time online shopping and socializing on the phone. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, "Strictly Legal: Employee can't establish defamation claim in workplace investigation," 31 Dec. 2020 Among his complaints was a culture that prioritized tips and leads from VIPs, which consumed an inordinate amount of the volunteers’ time and energy. Anchorage Daily News, "The inside story of how Trump’s denial, mismanagement and magical thinking led to the pandemic’s dark winter," 20 Dec. 2020 The inordinate amount of forfeits has affected the district standings in interesting ways. David Hinojosa,, "McCollum football set to finally play after delay due to COVID-19," 12 Nov. 2020 Also, many Americans, who are still spending an inordinate share of their days at home despite gradual business reopenings, are hunting for houses with more indoor and outdoor space, according to Redfin, a national real estate brokerage. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Home prices are held down by COVID-19 in big cities while climbing sharply in less crowded areas," 12 Oct. 2020 And this team has had an inordinate amount of injuries to important players. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Pink slip could be blowing in direction of Chargers’ Anthony Lynn," 7 Nov. 2020 Some reporters now say that Clinton scandals received an inordinate amount of coverage compared to those involving Trump, contributing to their reluctance to delve deeply into Hunter Biden. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Trump prosecutes case against Hunter Biden in campaign's final moments," 30 Oct. 2020 Holidays and, more specifically, decorating for holidays, has always brought me an inordinate amount of joy. Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, "The Case For Decorating For The Holidays As Early As You Want," 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of inordinate

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for inordinate

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

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“Inordinate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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: going beyond what is usual, normal, or proper

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