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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
In a year when Californians will pick a new governor and fill dozens of other key posts, the recall has drawn an inordinate amount of money and attention from top officials.
Still, from diving and gymnastics to table tennis, China has a reputation for putting inordinate pressure on young athletes that can verge on abuse.
The resulting holding company controlled an inordinate percentage of the nation’s rail lines, with the potential to raise prices for its own profit at the public’s expense.
Their ideas, their vision, their ability to recruit, and their ability to fundraise deserves an inordinate amount of admiration.
Both teams have been guilty of surrendering an inordinate amount of odd-man rushes.
The victim in love bombing is usually vulnerable at the time, and readily influenced by the inordinate attention.
Of course, that entire encounter, which was actually pretty well-telegraphed by William's morphing-into-Mulder shtick, followed an inordinate amount of collateral damage involving peripheral players.
The first round didn’t have an inordinate amount of Cinderellas, two No.
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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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