ad·​e·​qua·​cy | \ ˈa-di-kwə-sē How to pronounce adequacy (audio) \
plural adequacies

Definition of adequacy

: the quality or state of being adequate

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When we question the adequacy of health-care coverage, or parking facilities, or school funding, we're asking if they are equal to our need. The adjective adequate means "enough" or "acceptable"—though in sentences like "His performance was adequate", it really means "no better than acceptable".

Examples of adequacy in a Sentence

the fire department sent someone to determine the adequacy of the building's evacuation plan
Recent Examples on the Web The institution wants lenders to discuss their capital adequacy with it before making decisions on dividend payments for this year. Ramah Nyang,, "Kenya Central Bank Wants a Say in Lenders’ Dividends in 2020," 1 Sep. 2020 Two months ago, for example, the Public Utilities Commission granted a request from SDG&E to waive its requirement to meet state resource adequacy rules. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rolling blackouts raise questions about potential for market manipulation," 23 Aug. 2020 Our trainings and exercises provide a setting in which the adequacy of our emergency operations plan, standard operating procedures, staffing, facilities and equipment can all be tested. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Emergency management coordinator prepares city for potential disasters, offers safety tips for residents," 23 Aug. 2020 Still, no production better captures the unbearable adequacy of such offerings than Netflix’s Kissing Booth franchise. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Utter Mediocrity of Pandemic Monoculture," 31 July 2020 Expect different opinions on its adequacy, and what should be done. Charlotte Cowles, New York Times, "The Week in Business: Ready or Not, Here Comes the Reopening," 17 May 2020 Vetting Questioned But the attack raised questions about the adequacy of screening for foreign trainees, and Barr said vetting is being improved for military trainees from all countries. Chris Strohm,, "Twenty-One Saudi Cadets Sent Home From U.S. After Deadly Attack," 29 Apr. 2020 Shouldn’t there be an emphasis on enforcing network adequacy and making sure patients have access to doctors? Jack Tate, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Surprise out-of-network health bills are a serious problem — so is the proposed fixed in Congress," 21 Oct. 2019 Menzel was on the steering committee for Michigan's School Finance Research Collaborative, which completed the state's first comprehensive school adequacy study. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Humor, experience: Community weighs in on Scottsdale's new schools superintendent Scott Menzel," 26 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of adequacy

1701, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adequacy

adequ(ate) + -acy

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11 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adequacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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