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[in-awr-dn-it] /ɪnˈɔr dn ɪt/
not within proper or reasonable limits; immoderate; excessive:
He drank an inordinate amount of wine.
unrestrained in conduct, feelings, etc.:
an inordinate admirer of beauty.
disorderly; uncontrolled.
not regulated; irregular:
inordinate hours.
Origin of inordinate
1350-1400; Middle English inordinat < Latin inordinātus disordered, equivalent to in- in-3 + ordinātus orderly, appointed; see ordinate, ordain
Related forms
inordinately, adverb
inordinateness, noun
1. extreme, exorbitant, outrageous, unreasonable, disproportionate.
1. reasonable. Unabridged
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  • It is almost as if he wished to rid himself of others; and he is inordinately proud of his own activity.

  • Then he explained his invention, of which he was inordinately proud.

    The Elusive Pimpernel Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Colonel Lewis wore no wig and was smoking a pipe, of which he was inordinately fond.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • He was not inordinately agnostic, or in the way of becoming so.

    Questionable Shapes William Dean Howells
  • Food was inordinately dear, because a high tariff had been imposed on imports.

  • Do you know, my Gabrielle, I have discovered that Leonora is inordinately selfish?

  • She was, however, inordinately happy; at the sight of the picture of woe on his face all her trust in him returned.

    The Princess Elopes Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for inordinately


exceeding normal limits; immoderate
unrestrained, as in behaviour or emotion; intemperate
irregular or disordered
Derived Forms
inordinacy, inordinateness, noun
inordinately, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin inordinātus disordered, from in-1 + ordināre to put in order
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Word Origin and History for inordinately



late 14c., "not ordered, lacking order or regularity," from Latin inordinatus "unordered, not arranged," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + ordinatus, past participle of ordinare "to set in order" (see order). Sense of "immoderate, excessive" is from notion of "not kept within orderly limits." Related: Inordinately; inordinateness.

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