Definition of inordinate in English:



  • 1Unusually or disproportionately large; excessive.

    ‘the case had taken up an inordinate amount of time’
    • ‘He raised money for village sports clubs, he organised events for charity and took inordinate pride in every aspect of Kimbleham life.’
    • ‘It's been a banner week in a country which has suffered an inordinate amount of tragedy over the last month.’
    • ‘What about the water and ground pollution caused by the inordinate amounts of manure from these animals?’
    • ‘My friends seem to spend an inordinate amount of time inside wind tunnels, aboard locomotives, and underwater.’
    • ‘The principal is also worried that pranks or problems involving other students will draw an inordinate amount of attention while the prince attends the university.’
    • ‘In the last few days I've received an inordinate amount of junkmail, and I've got to say I'm finding it immensely satisfying to deal with.’
    • ‘I saw an inordinate amount of young women in really really tight jeans.’
    • ‘Some urban tree species cause an inordinate amount of asthma and allergy problems, while other tree species cause little or no health problems.’
    • ‘That is the reason that there are those who are born in a body or with a mind that causes them an inordinate amount of suffering.’
    • ‘She testified that the project was creating an inordinate amount of paper work, far in excess of the norm.’
    • ‘The three boats sat black in the sunset against the bright water and he noticed that the pair in the rear seemed to carry an inordinate amount of equipment on and about their rigging.’
    • ‘Nobody could figure out what was wrong with him, and my friend and her husband spent inordinate amounts of money trying to find out what was wrong with him.’
    • ‘I was in a training course which was just about to start when I noticed that I had gotten an inordinate amount of hits this morning.’
    • ‘And so they love ease and repose for their pleasure, but they keep themselves from inordinate excess.’
    • ‘An inordinate amount of time has been wasted upon the subject.’
    • ‘The book is infuriating in so many ways that it would take an inordinate amount of space to do justice to it, and I'm not sure whether to take it seriously.’
    • ‘He felt that he gave an inordinate amount of trouble as a child, so much so that he told the doctor that he believed that he had probably sent his mother to an early grave!’
    • ‘He seems to have inserted an inordinate amount of showy dancing to please the cosmopolitan Viennese audience.’
    • ‘Also, we have an inordinate amount of tomatoes in our fridge, and I don't like tomatoes.’
    • ‘And the bloke across the road had an inordinate amount of visitors who used to leave clutching a brown paper bag.’
    excessive, undue, unreasonable, unjustifiable, unwarrantable, disproportionate, out of all proportion, unconscionable, unwarranted, unnecessary, needless, uncalled for, exorbitant, extreme, outrageous, preposterous
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  • 2archaic (of a person) unrestrained in feelings or behaviour.


Late Middle English: from Latin inordinatus, from in- ‘not’ + ordinatus ‘arranged, set in order’ (past participle of ordinare).