adequate

adjective
ad·​e·​quate | \ ˈa-di-kwət How to pronounce adequate (audio) \

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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In other words, drug makers can be sued for warnings that the FDA deemed were accurate and adequate. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Fighting a Tort Plague," 6 Jan. 2019 Thank you @mrrpmurphy for the most incredible evening to celebrate our ❤️. There will never be adequate words to express our gratitude. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sources Say Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk Are Getting Married This Weekend," 27 Sep. 2018 That becomes particularly problematic when those beaches belong to developing nations that don’t have adequate waste management systems. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Critics of Starbucks’ Straw Ban Are Missing the Point," 12 July 2018 The jobs agency failed to run adequate checks and gave two awards worth more than $1.2 million to Van Den Heuvel, who had not disclosed his problems to the state. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin jobs agency writes off $1.1 million loan owed by De Pere businessman jailed for defrauding investors," 11 July 2018 Unfortunately, the pyrotechnic technician sent to handle our event was inexperienced and didn’t have adequate help. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Apopka mayor apologizes for fireworks cancellation, promises free Labor Day show," 6 July 2018 The next six weeks will see a flurry of activity as Jokowi and others try to put together an adequate coalition. The Economist, "Local elections in Indonesia prefigure next year’s presidential poll," 28 June 2018 Both Olson and Commissioner Adam Burckhardt (who was the sole vote against), cited a concern about lack of adequate fire/EMS service, which is already being strained in the area. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Franklin mayor blasts addition of senior housing to Ballpark Commons: 'It's the wrong facility in the wrong part of town'," 22 June 2018 The Harvard study says the Puerto Rican and US governments did not provide adequate services -- including electrical power and medical assistance -- after the hurricane. John D. Sutter And Leyla Santiago, CNN, "Hurricane Maria death toll may be more than 4,600 in Puerto Rico," 29 May 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 How to pronounce adequate (audio) \

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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