ad·​e·​quate·​ly ˈa-di-kwət-lē How to pronounce adequately (audio)
: to an adequate or sufficient degree or extent
There is no way to adequately prepare yourself for encountering a wild mountain gorilla.Sy Montgomery
The blood volume is sufficient, but it's not being adequately distributed throughout the body.Tom Ewing

Examples of adequately in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two in five recent graduates say their colleges did not adequately teach them the skills to emotionally and mentally navigate a transition into the workforce, a separate survey by the Mary Christie Institute highlighted. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 What the inspector general's report found Failures to adequately screen for and monitor mental health issues, as well as deficiencies in caring for those identified as at-risk, likely contributed to the deaths by suicide. Robert Legare, CBS News, 15 Feb. 2024 District teachers also expressed little faith that the two members are adequately representing the needs of the district. Jenavieve Hatch, Sacramento Bee, 15 Feb. 2024 Teachers must be adequately compensated taking national averages balanced with the cost of living in the specific ISD’s into consideration. Harrison Mantas, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 For smart glasses and headsets, having a low nose bridge can mean the device just slips off your face or fails to adequately block out light. Victoria Song, The Verge, 14 Feb. 2024 Newsom’s experiment with Nordic-style incarceration, dubbed the California Model, doesn’t adequately confront the problems plaguing California prisons. Brian Kaneda, The Mercury News, 13 Feb. 2024 Their design choices, their failures to adequately invest in trust and safety, their constant pursuit of engagement and profit over basic safety have all put our kids and grandkids at risk. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports,, 1 Feb. 2024 For example, we are required to adequately fund our K-12 public school system under Proposition 98. Lindsey Holden, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1632, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adequately was in 1632

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“Adequately.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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