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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The performance is adequate for daily driving and there is a Sport mode that dips quicker into engine power. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play," 13 July 2018 A few days of ibuprofen and Tylenol were more than adequate for our pain management. WSJ, "Should the Government Limit a Physician’s Ability to Treat Patients With Opioids?," 24 June 2018 Construction crews have been busy excavating portions of the LCHS football field to repair the artificial turf’s draining system, which officials say was adequate during drought years but not robust enough to accommodate two years of wet weather. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "LCHS football field gets drainage upgrade after rains gang up on gridiron," 13 June 2018 Loosening the top inch or so of the soil should be adequate, while minimizing stress on the roots of the trees. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Lawn thinning out beneath a cluster of trees? Too much shade could be wreaking havoc," 10 July 2018 John Zbitnoff, meanwhile, was one member of a three-person evaluation team that examined whether the bids were technically adequate, Campbell said. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "Rocket launches and alleged government waste: The hidden backstory of that Glenn Highway crash," 20 June 2018 Was the judge competent to understand whether the algorithmic assessment was adequate and backed by sound empirical evidence? Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, "Intelligent to a Fault: When AI Screws Up, You Might Still Be to Blame," 15 Mar. 2018 There was also adequate time to check out hats designed by local milliner Fabienne Delvigne, who has a 30-year track record. Fiona Ma | Wwd, latimes.com, "Melania Trump wears Calvin Klein for concert outing during NATO summit, Elie Saab for evening festivities," 11 July 2018 To ensure adequate pollination, plant a variety of blueberry that is right for growing in South Florida. Stan Davidson, Sun-Sentinel.com, "With patience, blueberries can be grown in containers," 10 July 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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