Definition of inordinate in English:


Line breaks: in|or¦din|ate
Pronunciation: /ɪˈnɔːdɪnət


  • 2 archaic (Of a person) unrestrained in feelings or behaviour.



[as submodifier]: an inordinately expensive business
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  • Litigation, which is inordinately expensive and time consuming, should ordinarily be regarded as a weapon of last resort, not of first resort.
  • Building on such a scale was inordinately expensive and progress in finishing the abbey was very slow.
  • We humans, particularly the ones who like to think of ourselves as being particularly intelligent are inordinately proud of our ability to perform abstract thought.


late Middle English: from Latin inordinatus, from in- 'not' + ordinatus 'arranged, set in order' (past participle of ordinare).

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