Adjective "inordinate" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Unusually or disproportionately large; excessive.
  1. '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!'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'And the bloke across the road had an inordinate amount of visitors who used to leave clutching a brown paper bag.'
  4. 'Also, we have an inordinate amount of tomatoes in our fridge, and I don't like tomatoes.'
  5. 'I saw an inordinate amount of young women in really really tight jeans.'
  6. '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.'
  7. 'He seems to have inserted an inordinate amount of showy dancing to please the cosmopolitan Viennese audience.'
  8. 'It's been a banner week in a country which has suffered an inordinate amount of tragedy over the last month.'
  9. 'He raised money for village sports clubs, he organised events for charity and took inordinate pride in every aspect of Kimbleham life.'
  10. '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.'
(of a person) unrestrained in feelings or behaviour.


    1. not within proper or reasonable limits; immoderate; excessive: He drank an inordinate amount of wine.

    2. unrestrained in conduct, feelings, etc.: an inordinate admirer of beauty.

    3. disorderly; uncontrolled.

    4. not regulated; irregular: inordinate hours.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "costs can be inordinate because of lands."

    "amounts can be inordinate."

    "delays can be inordinate."

    "numbers can be inordinate."

    "lengths can be inordinate."

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