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[ig-zawr-bi-tuh nt] /ɪgˈzɔr bɪ tənt/
exceeding the bounds of custom, propriety, or reason, especially in amount or extent; highly excessive:
to charge an exorbitant price; exorbitant luxury.
Archaic. outside the authority of the law.
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Late Latin exorbitant- (stem of exorbitāns, present participle of exorbitāre to go out of the track), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + orbit(a) wheel track (see orbit) + -ant- -ant
Related forms
exorbitantly, adverb
unexorbitant, adjective
unexorbitantly, adverb
inordinate, outrageous, extreme, extravagant, unreasonable, unconscionable.
fair, reasonable. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for exorbitantly


(of prices, demands, etc) in excess of what is reasonable; excessive; extravagant; immoderate
Derived Forms
exorbitance, noun
exorbitantly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin exorbitāre to deviate, from Latin orbita track
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Word Origin and History for exorbitantly



mid-15c., a legal term, "deviating from rule or principle, eccentric;" from Latin exorbitantem (nominative exorbitans), present participle of exorbitare "deviate, go out of the track," from ex- "out of" (see ex-) + orbita "wheel track" (see orb). Sense of "excessive, immoderate" is from 1620s; of prices, rates, etc., from 1660s. Related: Exorbitantly.

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