from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an unreasonable manner; contrary to reason; foolishly; excessively; immoderately.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In an unreasonable manner.
  • adverb Of or relating to something that is unreasonable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb not in a reasonable or intelligent manner
  • adverb to a degree that exceeds the bounds or reason or moderation


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