American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Exceeding reasonable limits; immoderate. See Synonyms at excessive.
- adj. Not regulated; disorderly.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not limited to rules prescribed, or to usual bounds; irregular; excessive; immoderate.
- adj. beyond normal limits
- From Latin inordinatus ("not arranged, disordered, irregular"), from in- + ordinatus, past participle of ordinare ("to arrange, order"); see ordinate, order. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“I agree, but if progressives are only 20% you spend in inordinate amount of time harping on them.”
“Yet so inordinate is the sex-distinction of the human race that the whole field of human progress has been considered a masculine prerogative.”
“Indeed, pride -- defined as the inordinate love of oneself -- was the sin that brought down Satan and the other rebellious angels.”
“You will no longer be in debt up to your eyeballs and taking what some might call inordinate risks.”
“_I answer that, _ As stated above (A. 1), fear is a sin through being inordinate, that is to say, through shunning what ought not to be shunned according to reason.”
“And that, in turn, has led to what Mr. Prince describes as an inordinate focus on every bad news blip, a process fed by the celebrity permabear analysts who rarely encounter a positive development they can't discount.”
“It's all down to several factors of course, namely the inordinate amount of Cup competitions these teams play in and the godawful weather in the North of Scotland at this time of year.”
“He's got a lot going on in these songs, but nothing is calling inordinate attention to itself.”
“U.S. foreign policy was not based on what Carter called our inordinate fear, but on "legitimate concern for … Soviet expansion and aggression.”
“Whether the impact of any one group is "inordinate" depends on your view of the group's agenda. it's not an objective term.”
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