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

Definition of inordinate in English:


1Unusually or disproportionately large; excessive: the case had taken up an inordinate amount of time
More example sentences
  • She testified that the project was creating an inordinate amount of paper work, far in excess of the norm.
  • And so they love ease and repose for their pleasure, but they keep themselves from inordinate excess.
  • The book is infuriating in so many ways that it would take an inordinate amount of space to do justice to it, and I'm not sure whether to take it seriously.
excessive, undue, unreasonable, unjustifiable, unwarrantable, disproportionate, out of all proportion, unconscionable, unwarranted, unnecessary, needless, uncalled for, exorbitant, extreme, outrageous, preposterous;
immoderate, overabundant, superfluous, extravagant, unrestrained, unrestricted, unlimited
informal over the top, OTT
2 archaic (Of a person) unrestrained in feelings or behaviour.


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

  • coordinate from mid 17th century:

    This was first recorded with the senses ‘of the same rank’ and ‘place in the same rank’. It is formed from the prefix co- ‘together’ and the Latin base ordo ‘order’. From this root come inordinate (Late Middle English) ‘not ordered’ and subordinate (Late Middle English) ‘below in order’.

Words that rhyme with inordinate

coordinate, subordinate, superordinate
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