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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Exceeding reasonable limits; immoderate. See Synonyms at excessive.
  • adj. Not regulated; disorderly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Excessive; unreasonable or inappropriate in magnitude; extreme.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not limited to rules prescribed, or to usual bounds; irregular; excessive; immoderate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Beyond prescribed order or proper bounds; not adequately limited or restrained; disorderly; excessive; immoderate: as, inordinate demands; inordinate vanity: rarely applied to persons.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. beyond normal limits

Etymologies

Middle English inordinat, from Latin inōrdinātus, disordered : in-, not; see in-1 + ōrdinātus, past participle of ōrdināre, to set in order (from ōrdō, ōrdin-, order; see ar- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin inordinatus ("not arranged, disordered, irregular"), from in- + ordinatus, past participle of ordinare ("to arrange, order"); see ordinate, order. (Wiktionary)

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