ad·​e·​qua·​cy | \ˈa-di-kwə-sē \
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

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Its capital adequacy was slightly below analyst estimates. Hanna Hoikkala,, "Banking Brilliance Has Suffered a Serious Setback in the Nordics," 1 May 2018 Schmidt and other conservatives have continued calls that started last April for a constitutional amendment barring the Supreme Court from determining financial adequacy, giving full decision-making power to the Legislature. John Hanna, The Seattle Times, "Kansas high court again orders state to boost school funding," 25 June 2018 Rankings are based on measures such as clinical outcomes, mortality and infection rates, staffing adequacy and compliance with best practices, to name a few. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Best children's hospitals of 2018 ranked by U.S. News & World Report," 26 June 2018 And next week, the Fed will say whether Deutsche Bank passed a stress test that measures the adequacy of its capital and risk controls. 1. Steven Arons,, "Why Deutsche Bank Can’t Just Shake Off Its Problems," 24 June 2018 Shifts in their value affect the banks’ capital-adequacy ratios, pushing them to adjust their risk posture. The Economist, "Rate rises affect global markets—and may feed back to America," 14 June 2018 In a five-page order Tuesday, Jackson mostly denied Manafort’s challenge to the legal adequacy of his indictment in the District of Columbia for conspiracy and money laundering brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Washington Post,, "Judge orders Mueller probe to turn over names of European politicians in alleged Manafort scheme," 13 June 2018 At Svenska Handelsbanken AB, the Nordic lender with the biggest exposure to the U.K., capital adequacy declined while profit missed analyst estimates. Hanna Hoikkala,, "Banking Brilliance Has Suffered a Serious Setback in the Nordics," 1 May 2018 Asked about the adequacy of vetting process Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that such questions are better raised with the White House. Lisa Mascaro, Fox News, "Lax vetting on Trump nominees begins to frustrate senators," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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