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The children’s play took a vast or inordinate amount of work, much more than the parents had expected. The set and costumes were inordinately complex and thus required huge amounts of money, materials, and time. The director knew that performing the musical would take a lot of effort, but he had no clue that the production required an inordinate or excessive number of volunteers in addition to his usual staff.

Quiz: What is an example of an inordinate amount of something?

  • Tens of thousands of books owned by a single person.
  • Only three rolls of toilet paper left on the shelves in a store.
  • Almost enough pencils for every student in a classroom to have one.

Memory Hook

In Natural Order? The devastation to the environment caused by the flood was so inordinate that some felt that it was not in the natural order of things; in point of fact, a levy had failed which should have protected the city more from the hurricane.


  • The best kind of wealth is to give up inordinate desires. — Hazrat Ali Hazrat ali
  • Young people spend an inordinate amount of time playing video games such as 'RockBand' or 'Guitar Hero', to mention two new ones. —Newsvine
  • Hilton spends an inordinate amount of time on her phone: 'This summer, I was in Greece on a boat with no cell phone,' she says. —Rolling Stone
  • When the Falcons talk about Johnson, they speak of a guy who plays with inordinate confidence for someone whose professional resume isn’t that thick. —Sports Illustrated

Word Ingredients

in- against
ord order, row, series
-ate possessing a certain quality

An inordinate demand is “against the order” that is usually assumed or expected.

Word Theater

A Series of Unfortunate Events She has missed him an inordinate amount.

Word Constellation