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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
Q: An inordinate number of beach reads are set on Nantucket Island.
Once overthrown by U.S. forces in 1989, Noriega spent an inordinate amount of time in jail, as dictators go.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of inordinate
Middle English inordinat, from Latin inordinatus, from in- + ordinatus, past participle of ordinare to arrange — more at ordain
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of inordinate
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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