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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
Based on Andy Murray's body language alone, reporters' questions can produce an inordinate amount of consternation.
What is to be made of the argument that a person who is sentenced to die should not be subject to an inordinate amount of pain during their execution?
His popular culture standing being something this former reality star and Tweeter-in-Chief obsesses about an inordinate amount of time, Trump urged the Senate to do better, come closer to his campaign promises to out-perform Obamacare.
As such, Worrilow spent an inordinate amount of time learning multiple positions in the Lions’ defense this spring.
Inordinate time is spent with Hans Zimmer, whose symphonic-synthesizer scores define the current action-spectacle template.
Q: An inordinate number of beach reads are set on Nantucket Island.
Once overthrown by U.S. forces in 1989, Noriega spent an inordinate amount of time in jail, as dictators go.
As someone who has neither a wine cellar nor a wine refrigerator, but drinks an inordinate amount of wine, these seem like useful bits of information...if true.
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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.
Synonym Discussion of inordinate
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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