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.

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While Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado, who for weeks were providing an inordinate amount of the production, have been quiet for a few day, more batters throughout the lineup have hit the past two nights. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres head to L.A. after sweep by Giants," 3 July 2019 The plus-size population is one that faces an inordinate amount of workplace discrimination. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "Why This Venture-Backed Startup Decided to Hold Its Launch Event in Anchorage, Alaska," 17 June 2019 Did Mountain View get an inordinate amount of snow this winter preventing the work from getting done before the concert season? Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Weedwhacking needed on I-880 from Oakland to San Jose: Roadshow," 14 June 2019 Fortunately, much of America still emulates Jefferson’s skepticism of inordinate deference. Alexandra Hudson, WSJ, "No Country for Old Pretentious Titles," 29 June 2018 With inordinate debt levels and minuscule rates, Japan is the epitome of this situation. WSJ, "Will This Time Be Different for Yield Curve?," 6 Aug. 2018 The kind of money Booker signed for can put inordinate pressure on a professional athlete. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Devin Booker appreciative of new deal, excited about Suns' changes," 9 July 2018 Time and again, James has been pressed into heavy duty, expending inordinate levels of energy just to keep Cleveland afloat. Ben Ladner,, "Cleveland Cavaliers Offseason Preview: Will LeBron James Stay or Go?," 10 June 2018 The other story highlighting the inordinate workload placed on the shoulders of police officers came courtesy of Jeff Folmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association. Phillip Morris,, "America's police shouldn't only be acknowledged in the month of May: Phillip Morris," 10 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of inordinate was in the 14th century

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: going beyond what is usual, normal, or proper

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