Inordinate
Inordinate In*or"di*nate, a. [L. inordinatus disordered. See {In-} not, and {Ordinate}.] Not limited to rules prescribed, or to usual bounds; irregular; excessive; immoderate; as, an inordinate love of the world. ``Inordinate desires.'' --Milton. ``Inordinate vanity.'' --Burke. -- {In*or"di*nate*ly}, adv. -- {In*or"di*nate*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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  • inordinate — I adjective crammed, exaggerated, exceeding, excessive, exorbitant, extortionate, extraordinary, extravagant, extreme, fanatical, gluttonous, great, immoderate, immoderatus, immodicus, inabstinent, intemperate, lavish, monstrous, needless,… …   Law dictionary

  • inordinate — (adj.) late 14c., not ordered, lacking order or regularity, from L. inordinatus unordered, not arranged, from in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + ordinatus, pp. of ordinare to set in order (see ORDER (Cf. order)). Sense of immoderate,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • inordinate — *excessive, immoderate, exorbitant, extreme, extravagant Analogous words: irrational, unreasonable: *supererogatory, wanton, uncalled for, gratuitous: *superfluous, surplus, extra Antonyms: ordinate (rare): temperate Contrasted words: *moderate:… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • inordinate — [adj] excessive, extravagant disproportionate, dizzying, exorbitant, extortionate, extreme, gratuitous, immoderate, intemperate, irrational, outrageous, overindulgent, overmuch, preposterous, supererogatory, superfluous, surplus, too much,… …   New thesaurus

  • inordinate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ unusually large; excessive. DERIVATIVES inordinately adverb. ORIGIN originally in the sense «disorderly»: from Latin inordinatus, from in not + ordinatus set in order …   English terms dictionary

  • inordinate — [in ôrd′ n it] adj. [ME inordinat < L inordinatus < in , IN 2 + ordinatus, pp. of ordinare, to arrange: see ORDAIN] 1. disordered; not regulated 2. lacking restraint or moderation; too great or too many; immoderate SYN. EXCESSIVE… …   English World dictionary

  • inordinate — inordinately, adv. inordinateness, n. /in awr dn it/, adj. 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.… …   Universalium

  • inordinate — [[t]ɪnɔ͟ː(r)dɪnɪt[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n (emphasis) If you describe something as inordinate, you are emphasizing that it is unusually or excessively great in amount or degree. [FORMAL] They spend an inordinate amount of time talking. ...their… …   English dictionary

  • inordinate — in•or•di•nate [[t]ɪnˈɔr dn ɪt[/t]] adj. 1) not within proper limits; excessive: to drink an inordinate amount of wine[/ex] 2) unrestrained in conduct, feelings, etc.: an inordinate lover of antiques[/ex] 3) disorderly; uncontrolled 4) not… …   From formal English to slang

  • inordinate — /ɪnˈɔdənət / (say in awduhnuht) adjective 1. not within proper limits; excessive: inordinate demands. 2. disorderly. 3. unrestrained in conduct, etc. 4. irregular: inordinate hours. {Middle English inordinat, from Latin inordinātus disordered}… …   Australian English dictionary

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