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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
Some of it is situational, as Syracuse chooses to run an inordinate amount of offense through him.
Rancic spent an inordinate amount of time talking about the prosthetic butt Jones had to wear for the film.
But there’s only so much credit for the Golden State Warriors’ success to divvy around the rotation, and too much talent populates the Bay Area for any one player to get inordinate amounts of love.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said more than 10,000 active warrants is an inordinate and unacceptable amount.
What exactly does a person's body and mind do under such inordinate physical stress on the world’s largest stage in sports?
Injured superstars: Players get hurt every year, but an inordinate number of elite ones sustained major injuries this season that cost them most or the rest of their seasons.
The Rossoneri made an inordinate amount of signings during the last transfer window, but have since struggled to integrate their many new faces, and are now languishing in 11th place under Gennaro Gattuso.
The evolutionary path of the human brain is not one of inordinate growth, but rather a long-overdue game of catch-up.
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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.
devilish, excessive, exorbitant, extravagant, extreme, fancy, immoderate, insane, intolerable, lavish, overdue, overextravagant, overmuch, overweening, plethoric, steep, stiff, towering, unconscionable, undue, unmerciful;
a bit much, over the top;
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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