adjective in·or·di·nate \in-ˈr-dən-ət, -ˈrd-nət\

: going beyond what is usual, normal, or proper

Full Definition of INORDINATE

archaic :  disorderly, unregulated
:  exceeding reasonable limits :  immoderate
in·or·di·nate·ly adverb
in·or·di·nate·ness noun


Middle English inordinat, from Latin inordinatus, from in- + ordinatus, past participle of ordinare to arrange — more at ordain
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of INORDINATE

excessive, immoderate, inordinate, extravagant, exorbitant, extreme mean going beyond a normal limit. excessive implies an amount or degree too great to be reasonable or acceptable <excessive punishment>. immoderate implies lack of desirable or necessary restraint <immoderate spending>. inordinate implies an exceeding of the limits dictated by reason or good judgment <inordinate pride>. extravagant implies an indifference to restraints imposed by truth, prudence, or good taste <extravagant claims for the product>. exorbitant implies a departure from accepted standards regarding amount or degree <exorbitant prices>. extreme may imply an approach to the farthest limit possible or conceivable but commonly means only to a notably high degree <extreme shyness>.


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