Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Exceeding reasonable limits; immoderate. synonym: excessive.
  • adjective Archaic Not regulated; disorderly.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective beyond normal limits

Etymologies

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

[Middle English inordinat, from Latin inōrdinātus, disordered : in-, not; see in– + ōrdinātus, past participle of ōrdināre, to set in order (from ōrdō, ōrdin-, order; see ar- in Indo-European roots).]

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From Latin inordinatus ("not arranged, disordered, irregular"), from in- + ordinatus, past participle of ordinare ("to arrange, order"); see ordinate, order.

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