adjective ad·e·quate \ˈa-di-kwət\

: 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

Full Definition of ADEQUATE

:  sufficient for a specific requirement <adequate taxation of goods>; also :  barely sufficient or satisfactory <her first performance was merely adequate>
:  lawfully and reasonably sufficient <adequate grounds for a lawsuit>
ad·e·quate·ly adverb
ad·e·quate·ness noun

Examples of ADEQUATE

  1. The garden hasn't been getting adequate water.
  2. The food was more than adequate for the six of us.
  3. The school lunch should be adequate to meet the nutritional needs of growing children.
  4. The machine does an adequate job.
  5. The tent should provide adequate protection from the elements.
  6. The quality of his work was perfectly adequate.
  7. Your grades are adequate but I think you can do better.
  8. The quality of his work was only adequate.
  9. 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

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

Related to ADEQUATE

acceptable, all right, decent, fairish, fine, good, OK (or okay), passable, respectable, satisfactory, serviceable, tolerable, up to snuff
deficient, inadequate, insufficient, lacking, unacceptable, unsatisfactory, wanting
See Synonym Discussion at sufficient


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