in·​or·​di·​nate | \in-ˈȯr-də-nət, -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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In a February report, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader had accused Kovesi of being authoritarian, and claimed that prosecutors under her command had falsified evidence and an inordinate number of defendants had been acquitted. Fox News, "Romania's chief anti-graft prosecutor fired," 10 July 2018 In a February report, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader had accused Kovesi of being authoritarian and claimed that prosecutors under her command had falsified evidence and that an inordinate number of defendants had been acquitted. Washington Post, "World Digest: July 9, 2018," 9 July 2018 The most notable involved kickoffs, which both college and professional football rule-makers acknowledge produce an inordinate number of injuries. Ken Goe,, "Football coach Jonathan Smith and Oregon State Beavers bring the show to Beaverton: Live updates," 14 Apr. 2018 Compared with other major metros, Miami now has an inordinate share of small businesses comprising its economy; 81 percent of the county's 73,764 firms employ fewer than 10 people. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "Why are Miami wages so low? 'No. 1 startup city' comes with a downside | Miami Herald," 23 May 2018 Second, Ayton commanded an inordinate amount of defensive attention, something that shouldn’t happen in the regular season when he’s surrounded by better players and shooters. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns' summer-league takeaways: Deandre Ayton's progress, efforts of Davon Reed, Shaq Harrison," 13 July 2018 Trump has also held hands with French president Emmanuel Macron an inordinate amount., "Why Do Trump & Theresa May Keep Holding Hands?," 13 July 2018 These units, although small and unpretentious facilities within a hospital, seldom exceeding eight beds, constitute a major therapeutic innovation in dealing with the inordinate mortality from heart attacks. Daniel C. Schlenoff, Scientific American, "“Foul Treachery” of Trotsky and Lenin in 1918; Phineas Gage’s Brain in 1868," 13 July 2018 The water table in Punjab, a state that soaks up an inordinate share of price-support subsidies, has been dropping by about a metre a year. The Economist, "India’s government claims to subsidise farmers, but actually hurts them," 12 July 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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: going beyond what is usual, normal, or proper

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