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adjective ad·e·quate \ˈa-di-kwət\

Simple Definition of adequate

  • : enough for some need or requirement

  • : good enough : of a quality that is good or acceptable : of a quality that is acceptable but not better than acceptable

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of adequate

  1. 1 :  sufficient for a specific requirement <adequate taxation of goods>; also :  barely sufficient or satisfactory <her first performance was merely adequate>

  2. 2 :  lawfully and reasonably sufficient <adequate grounds for a lawsuit>

adequately adverb
adequateness noun

Examples of adequate in a sentence

  1. Then, during the spring and summer, allow adequate recovery by taking one or two days off the bike each week and scaling back the intensity of your rides one week out of every month. —Selene Yeager, Bicycling, January/February 2008

  2. … they are adequate for almost any computing need. —Michael Meyer, Newsweek, 26 Oct. 1998

  3. … the government would have to bail out any bidder with less adequate resources … —The Economist, 30 Aug.-5 Sept. 1986

  4. The garden hasn't been getting adequate water.

  5. The food was more than adequate for the six of us.

  6. The school lunch should be adequate to meet the nutritional needs of growing children.

  7. The machine does an adequate job.

  8. The tent should provide adequate protection from the elements.

  9. The quality of his work was perfectly adequate.

  10. Your grades are adequate but I think you can do better.

  11. The quality of his work was only adequate.

Origin of adequate

Latin adaequatus, past participle of adaequare to make equal, from ad- + aequare to equal — more at equable

First Known Use: circa 1617

Synonym Discussion of adequate

sufficient, enough, adequate, competent mean being what is necessary or desirable. sufficient suggests a close meeting of a need <sufficient savings>. enough is less exact in suggestion than sufficient <do you have enough food?>. adequate may imply barely meeting a requirement <the service was adequate>. competent suggests measuring up to all requirements without question or being adequately adapted to an end <had no competent notion of what was going on>.

ADEQUATE Defined for Kids


adjective ad·e·quate \ˈa-di-kwət\

Definition of adequate for Students

  1. 1 :  1enough <Be sure you have adequate time to get ready.>

  2. 2 :  good enough <The lunch provides adequate nutrition.>

adequately adverb

Law Dictionary


adjective ad·e·quate

Legal Definition of adequate

  1. :  lawfully and reasonably sufficient <adequate grounds for a lawsuit>

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