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 by not better than acceptable Her first performance was merely adequate.
2 : lawfully and reasonably sufficient adequate grounds for a lawsuit
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.
Recent Examples of adequate from the web
Contact your insurance agent to assure that your flood and storm coverage is adequate and in effect.
Standard treatment for hypothyroidism involves daily use of the synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine (Levothroid, Synthroid and others), which is an oral medication that restores adequate hormone levels.
In addition, some Metro board members, including District Department of Transportation Director Leif Dormsjo, are skeptical that Metro is making adequate use of the 33 weekly hours already allotted for track time.
But most did not have adequate training to manage adolescents, who are wired to proclaim their independence.
The wild swings reflect how warily investors view the bank’s capital position, even as executives repeatedly have offered reassurances that the lender has adequate capital and more than enough available cash to meet its needs.
But Cohen's bill isn't about comfort—it's mostly about safety: In his view, there hasn't been adequate emergency evacuation testing of airline seating with rows that have a pitch under 29 inches.
The corrosive water lacked adequate treatment and caused lead to leach from old pipes in homes and schools.
But the United States, far from having a crowded population to dispose of, has an enormous area of vacant land which for generations to come will be more than adequate to all the wants of its people.
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Origin and Etymology of adequate
Latin adaequatus, past participle of adaequare to make equal, from ad- + aequare to equal — more at equable
First Known Use: circa 1617
Synonym Discussion of adequate
ADEQUATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of adequate for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of adequate
: lawfully and reasonably sufficient adequate grounds for a lawsuit
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