- 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
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Examples from the Web for inordinately
For every nanosecond that I miraculously lift off the ground, I land with an inordinately loud thud.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
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“I have been inordinately lucky all my life but the greatest luck of all has been Elizabeth,” he writes.Richard Burton’s Sexy Diaries: 13 Juiciest Bits
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My father was inordinately proud of this honour, though my mother was mildly embarrassed at it.Real Men Cut Their Own Hair
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He was not inordinately agnostic, or in the way of becoming so.Questionable Shapes
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Do you know, my Gabrielle, I have discovered that Leonora is inordinately selfish?Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
He had invented the machine in question, and he was inordinately proud of it.
His father said he was a fool, and was inordinately fond of him nevertheless.
Food was inordinately dear, because a high tariff had been imposed on imports.Impressions of South Africa
- exceeding normal limits; immoderate
- unrestrained, as in behaviour or emotion; intemperate
- irregular or disordered
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.