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

  • adj. Exceeding all bounds, as of custom or fairness: exorbitant prices. See Synonyms at excessive.

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  • adj. exceeding proper limits; extravagant; excessive or unduly high

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Departing from an orbit or usual track; hence, deviating from the usual or due course; going beyond the appointed rules or established limits of right or propriety; excessive; extravagant; enormous; inordinate
  • adj. Not comprehended in a settled rule or method; anomalous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Deviating from proper limitation or rule; excessively enlarged or extended; out of order or proportion.
  • Going beyond the bounds of reason; extravagantly exacting or exacted; inordinate; excessive: as, exorbitant charges or prices; an exorbitant usurer.
  • Synonyms Inordinate, unreasonable, unconscionable.

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

  • adj. greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation


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

Middle English, aberrant, flagrant, from Old French, excessive, extreme, from Late Latin exorbitāns, exorbitant-, present participle of exorbitāre, to deviate : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin orbita, path, track; see orbit.


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