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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
Rarely mentioned are the people left to deal with the aftermath of the inordinate police violence in black communities.
Township officials say the motel is an eyesore with a reputation for using an inordinate amount of township resources in the form of police and emergency medical services.
Cryptocurrencies might be intangible, but that doesn’t stop them from sucking up an inordinate amount of energy.
For parents, Easter comes with an inordinate and terrifying amount of chocolate.
Many more — hundreds of thousands — would be horrifically injured and killed by the inordinate heat and staggering shock wave.
The cable news network had Rodman on for an inordinate length of time.
Doctors now have to spend an inordinate amount of time on data entry.
Trump and Kim spent an inordinate amount of time in 2017 threatening to bomb one another.
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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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