- 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 inordinate
Jimmy Carter scolded Americans for their “inordinate fear of communism.”Communism's Victims Deserve a Museum
August 25, 2014
Owl monkey offspring get an inordinate amount of care from their fathers.P.J. on the Owl-Monkey Project and the Science of Chick Flicks
P. J. O’Rourke
April 6, 2014
Then you will spend an inordinate amount of time figuring out how to cover your head up.A Breast Cancer Alphabet: F Is For Fashion Accessories
February 23, 2014
Facebook exerts an inordinate amount of control over your life.Seven Hacks to Revolutionize Your Facebook Experience
September 24, 2013
Then I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to decide whether or not I will shave.Jonathan Tropper: How I Write
July 3, 2013
He seemed to have no inordinate desire for admiration or even for approbation.Weighed and Wanting
It is an inordinate paragraph, outraging all known rules of composition!De Libris: Prose and Verse
Sarah was not only under the influence of distrust, but of inordinate desire.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
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.Wood-Carving
- exceeding normal limits; immoderate
- unrestrained, as in behaviour or emotion; intemperate
- irregular or disordered
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.