adequate

adjective
ad·​e·​quate | \ˈa-di-kwət \

Definition of adequate 

1 : sufficient for a specific need or requirement adequate time an amount of money adequate to supply their needs also : good enough : of a quality that is good or acceptable a machine that does an adequate job : of a quality that is acceptable but not better than acceptable Her first performance was merely adequate.

2 : lawfully and reasonably sufficient adequate grounds for a lawsuit

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Other Words from adequate

adequately adverb
adequateness noun

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sufficient, enough, adequate, competent mean being what is necessary or desirable. sufficient suggests a close meeting of a need. sufficient savings enough is less exact in suggestion than sufficient. do you have enough food? adequate may imply barely meeting a requirement. the service was adequate competent suggests measuring up to all requirements without question or being adequately adapted to an end. had no competent notion of what was going on

Examples of adequate in a Sentence

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 … they are adequate for almost any computing need. — Michael Meyer, Newsweek, 26 Oct. 1998 … the government would have to bail out any bidder with less adequate resources … The Economist, 30 Aug.-5 Sept. 1986 The garden hasn't been getting adequate water. The food was more than adequate for the six of us. The school lunch should be adequate to meet the nutritional needs of growing children. The machine does an adequate job. The tent should provide adequate protection from the elements. The quality of his work was perfectly adequate. Your grades are adequate but I think you can do better. The quality of his work was only adequate.
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What would be an adequate amount to motivate you to find him? Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Silk Road’s alleged hitman, “redandwhite,” arrested in Vancouver," 21 Nov. 2018 According to the 14-member panel, 97.5 percent of the population got an adequate amount of vitamin D from diet and the sun. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Millions of Americans take vitamin D. Most should just stop.," 9 Oct. 2018 With an all-male variety, 25 plants are usually adequate for a household of four; plant double that amount for standard varieties. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Garden-Fresh Asparagus," 19 Aug. 2018 Make sure your diet contains adequate amounts of protein and dietary fiber, including vegetables, beans and peas and whole grains. New York Times, "The Dangers of Belly Fat," 11 June 2018 The analysis suggests that L. problematicus likely swam at a zippy speed of 11 miles per hour, while still maintaining adequate amounts of oxygen throughout its tissues. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Why Did Most Massive Bony Fish Behemoths Die Out?," 4 June 2018 This year's survey indicated that 42 percent of community college students indicated a struggle to get adequate amounts of food. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "A Third of College Students Face Food and Housing Insecurity," 5 Apr. 2018 Throttling can make a network that would be overloaded without throttling appear to be perfectly adequate due to throttling. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Study Shows Just How Mobile Providers Throttle Your Internet," 11 Sep. 2018 While there isn’t much here by way of accommodation, the hot springs do have several cabins on premises that are more than adequate. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Bozeman, Butte, Big Sky, and Back: The Ultimate Southwest Montana Road Trip," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of adequate

circa 1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adequate

borrowed from Latin adaequātus, past participle of adaequāre "to equalize, put on an equal footing," from ad- ad- + aequāre "to make level, equalize" — more at equate

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adequate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of adequate

: 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

adequate

adjective
ad·​e·​quate | \ˈa-di-kwət \

Kids Definition of adequate

1 : enough entry 1 Be sure you have adequate time to get ready.

2 : good enough The lunch provides adequate nutrition.

Other Words from adequate

adequately adverb

adequate

adjective
ad·​e·​quate

Legal Definition of adequate 

: lawfully and reasonably sufficient adequate grounds for a lawsuit

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