Definition of inordinate in English:



  • 1Unusually or disproportionately large; excessive.

    ‘a case that had taken up an inordinate amount of time’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She testified that the project was creating an inordinate amount of paper work, far in excess of the norm.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What about the water and ground pollution caused by the inordinate amounts of manure from these animals?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's been a banner week in a country which has suffered an inordinate amount of tragedy over the last month.’
    • ‘And the bloke across the road had an inordinate amount of visitors who used to leave clutching a brown paper bag.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An inordinate amount of time has been wasted upon the subject.’
    • ‘Some urban tree species cause an inordinate amount of asthma and allergy problems, while other tree species cause little or no health problems.’
    • ‘And so they love ease and repose for their pleasure, but they keep themselves from inordinate excess.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My friends seem to spend an inordinate amount of time inside wind tunnels, aboard locomotives, and underwater.’
    • ‘Also, we have an inordinate amount of tomatoes in our fridge, and I don't like tomatoes.’
    • ‘I saw an inordinate amount of young women in really really tight jeans.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He raised money for village sports clubs, he organised events for charity and took inordinate pride in every aspect of Kimbleham life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    excessive, undue, unreasonable, unjustifiable, unwarrantable, disproportionate, out of all proportion, unconscionable, unwarranted, unnecessary, needless, uncalled for, exorbitant, extreme, outrageous, preposterous
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    1. 1.1archaic (of a person) unrestrained in feelings or behavior; disorderly.


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