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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 of inordinate from the Web
FLOTUS' office has released a statement about the inordinate amount of attention Melania's wardrobing choices have received during this official visit.
Another way to learn about sword-guy culture is to watch an inordinate amount of QVC.
Neither can the news media — not that quitting the president of the United States is an option, but Trump has a way of attracting an inordinate amount of coverage.
This blog is going to contain an inordinate number of dogs wearing eclipse glasses.
Together, these agencies enjoy inordinate influence.
Players prone to over-analyzing moves could spend an inordinate amount of time contemplating their cards.
The inordinate fees that the transfer window continues to churn out, particularly in the Premier League, have been staggering.
The data could help show why places like the Kola Peninsula have such an inordinate number of minerals, and could predict other places on earth that might be similarly rich sources of various valuable minerals.
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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.
Synonymsbaroque, devilish, exorbitant, extravagant, extreme, fancy, immoderate, excessive, insane, intolerable, lavish, overdue, overextravagant, overmuch, overweening, plethoric, steep, stiff, towering, unconscionable, undue, unmerciful
Antonymsmiddling, moderate, modest, reasonable, temperate
Related Wordsboundless, endless, immeasurable, infinite, limitless; unbearable, unjustifiable, unwarranted; improper, inappropriate, thick, unseemly; unrestrained
Near Antonymsdeficient, inadequate, insufficient; minimal, minimum
Synonym Discussion of inordinate
- excessive punishment
- immoderate spending
- inordinate pride
- extravagant claims for the product
- exorbitant prices
- extreme shyness
INORDINATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inordinate for English Language Learners
: going beyond what is usual, normal, or proper
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