[ ig-zawr-bi-tuhnt ]
/ 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.

Nearby words

  1. exopodite,
  2. exopterygote,
  3. exor.,
  4. exorable,
  5. exorbitance,
  6. exorcise,
  7. exorcism,
  8. exorcist,
  9. exorcize,
  10. exordium

Origin of exorbitant

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 formsex·or·bi·tant·ly, adverbun·ex·or·bi·tant, adjectiveun·ex·or·bi·tant·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for exorbitant


/ (ɪɡˈzɔːbɪtənt) /


(of prices, demands, etc) in excess of what is reasonable; excessive; extravagant; immoderate
Derived Formsexorbitance, nounexorbitantly, adverb

Word Origin for exorbitant

C15: from Late Latin exorbitāre to deviate, from Latin orbita track

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Word Origin and History for exorbitant



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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