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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
The state exudes an inordinate influence over the economy, yet people are free to consume, earn and travel in ways unthinkable under Stalin, Hitler or Mao.
Western advocates for Kurdish self-determination have been very vocal, and have exerted inordinate influence on the thinking of Kurdish leaders.
Excessive security lines, surly TSA agents, overbooked flights, shrinking seats, inordinate amounts of overhead baggage—these are all problems that ATC privatization will not help. Greg Wroclawski Kinnelon, N.J.
In the past year, Lake Central junior Andrew Walsh has invested an inordinate amount of time working on his game.
Many of us spend an inordinate amount of time tending our lawns and gardens while practically ignoring our trees.
But for the past month, something else—or, rather, someone else has been occupying an inordinate amount of space in my noggin'.
One argument is that companies could afford to be generous and balance the interest of their workers in that era because the U.S. had global competition on its knees and the big American companies produced an inordinate amount of the world’s goods.
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.
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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
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