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

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Nine voting members appointed by the governor sit on the board, which is also tasked with adopting adequacy guidelines for schools. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Arizona has inspected only 1 school for building deficiencies in 3 years," 24 June 2019 Shengjing needs capital: Its Tier 1 capital adequacy ratio stood at 8.52% at the end of last year, marginally above the regulatory requirement of 8.5%. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Why the World’s Biggest Property Company Is Bailing Out a Bank," 21 June 2019 In August 2017, two fired security guards were reinstated to their jobs with a Chicago airport contractor, after a federal judge found they were unlawfully discharged for complaining to the media about the adequacy of their training. Frank D. Lomonte For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Whistleblowers' rights could be at risk under Trump's new labor board," 12 June 2019 Hager and Vannier argued that the judge’s approval shouldn’t depend on the adequacy of the group’s performance., "Judge wants some proof that Portland’s new community approach to police oversight is effective," 6 June 2019 The study will address such topics as maintenance and repairs that have been deferred, repairs and system replacements that are going to be needed, and the adequacy and appropriateness of all facilities. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "U46, advisory council doing study of district buildings to identify repair, maintenance costs," 4 June 2019 In the meeting, much of the focus from officials was on the massive amounts of personal data tech companies collect from their users, and the adequacy and transparency of their terms of use. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "State Officials Weigh Joint Probes of Big Tech Companies," 25 Sep. 2018 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

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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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