in·​or·​di·​nate | \ in-ˈȯr-də-nət How to pronounce inordinate (audio) , -ˈȯrd-nət \

Definition of inordinate

1 : exceeding reasonable limits : immoderate
2 archaic : disorderly, unregulated

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 as to 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, ordain, ordination, and subordinate. The Latin root is a derivative of the noun ordo, meaning "order" or "arrangement," from which the English order and its derivatives originate.

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 on the Web Reading can also, as Dickinson discovered, incite almost inordinate forms of joy. Jane Yong Kim, The Atlantic, 16 May 2022 Husel knowingly, and with intent, ordered the inordinate dosage of medication to patients across the lifespan — from their late 30s to their 80s — with a variety of ailments ranging from pneumonia to cancer. Michelle Collins, STAT, 14 May 2022 The report revealed inordinate interest rates for debtors, inequity in legal representation and billions of dollars in still unsatisfied judgements. Daedan Olander, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 Interviews are taking inordinate times to arrange—sometimes a year or more, sometimes an unspecified period of time. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 The data notably is before the COVID-19 pandemic hit Black and Latino communities with inordinate furor and in many cases widened the gap between the haves and have-nots. Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News, 17 Jan. 2022 The concertos don’t have anything to do with anything, other than being a demonstration of Bach’s amazing ingenuity and his inordinate ability to delight. Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 2021 Among these families, fathers did increase their child-care time by a substantial amount, but the care load for working mothers became inordinate, exceeding 30 hours a week for child care alone. Claudia Goldin, WSJ, 11 Dec. 2021 The settlement placed inordinate weight on cognitive test scores, these experts said. Will Hobson, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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“Inordinate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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