inordinate

[in-awr-dn-it]
adjective
1.
not within proper or reasonable limits; immoderate; excessive: He drank an inordinate amount of wine.
2.
unrestrained in conduct, feelings, etc.: an inordinate admirer of beauty.
3.
disorderly; uncontrolled.
4.
not regulated; irregular: inordinate hours.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English inordinat < Latin inordinātus disordered, equivalent to in- in-3 + ordinātus orderly, appointed; see ordinate, ordain

inordinately, adverb
inordinateness, noun


1. extreme, exorbitant, outrageous, unreasonable, disproportionate.


1. reasonable.
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inordinate (ɪnˈɔːdɪnɪt)
 
adj
1.  exceeding normal limits; immoderate
2.  unrestrained, as in behaviour or emotion; intemperate
3.  irregular or disordered
 
[C14: from Latin inordinātus disordered, from in-1 + ordināre to put in order]
 
in'ordinacy
 
n
 
in'ordinateness
 
n
 
in'ordinately
 
adv

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inordinate
late 14c., from L. inordinatus "unordered," from in- "not" + ordinatus, pp. of ordinare "to set in order" (see order). Sense of "immoderate, excessive" is from notion of "not kept within orderly limits."
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Example sentences
No one concerned liked prevailing conditions inordinately.
It takes its time turning on, it's slow to focus, it rests an inordinately long
  time between shots.
When the time rolls around once again to fund raising, public television is
  inordinately partial to nostalgia.
If you're new to the tenure track, there's a good chance you are inordinately
  flustered by problem students.
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