inordinate

[in-awr-dn-it]

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. inofficious will,
  2. inoperable,
  3. inoperative,
  4. inoperculate,
  5. inopportune,
  6. inorg.,
  7. inorganic,
  8. inorganic acid,
  9. inorganic chemistry,
  10. inorganic compound

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

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British Dictionary definitions for inordinately

inordinate

adjective

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 inordinately

inordinate

adj.

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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