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 formsin·or·di·nate·ly, adverbin·or·di·nate·ness, noun

Synonyms for inordinate

Antonyms for inordinate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of inordinate

  • He seemed to have no inordinate desire for admiration or even for approbation.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • It is an inordinate paragraph, outraging all known rules of composition!

  • Sarah was not only under the influence of distrust, but of inordinate desire.

  • His inordinate vanity could readily supply the reasons for such a course.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • You have yet to learn that it has also an inordinate capacity for swallowing light.


    George Jack

British Dictionary definitions for inordinate



exceeding normal limits; immoderate
unrestrained, as in behaviour or emotion; intemperate
irregular or disordered
Derived Formsinordinacy or inordinateness, nouninordinately, adverb

Word Origin for inordinate

C14: from Latin inordinātus disordered, from in- 1 + ordināre to put in order
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Word Origin and History for inordinate

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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