adequacy

noun
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 adequacy of food stamp benefits has long been a question. Tami Luhby, CNN, 1 Oct. 2021 Conservation groups and Sovereign Inupiat for a Living Arctic, described as a grassroots organization, had challenged the adequacy of the review process. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 Aug. 2021 Over the past decade, though, Infiniti has felt sleepy, like it’s been striving for adequacy rather than greatness. Manuel Carrillo Iii, Robb Report, 8 Sep. 2021 Popular resistance also complicated efforts to collect adequate taxes, at least to the extent that adequacy was defined as the ability to service foreign loans. Joseph Thorndike, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Some states are retreating from accepted standards of UI adequacy with the expectation that the federal government will once again intervene when a new unemployment crisis emerges. Michael Bernick, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Conservation groups and Sovereign Inupiat for a Living Arctic, described as a grassroots organization, had challenged the adequacy of the review process. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 Aug. 2021 Conservation groups and Sovereign Inupiat for a Living Arctic, described as a grassroots organization, had challenged the adequacy of the review process. Mark Thiessen And Becky Bohrer, ajc, 19 Aug. 2021 The debate over benefit adequacy turns on colliding assumptions: SNAP bills itself as supplemental, but more than a third of households receive the maximum benefit. New York Times, 15 Aug. 2021

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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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The first known use of adequacy was in 1701

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6 Oct 2021

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“Adequacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adequacy. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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