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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
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.
Trump has also held hands with French president Emmanuel Macron an inordinate amount.
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.
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.
Despite the privacy violations, despite the spewing of lies and insults, despite the blistering criticism from politicians and the press, Facebook continues to suck up an inordinate amount of humanity's time and attention.
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.
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.
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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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