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
Firm front seats were adequate for around town, while the generous side bolsters were comforting in sharp turns.
The game was initially meant to be played in Dharamsala but was moved in order to provide adequate security.
The (Everett) Herald says the family of 59-year-old Bill Williams sued the county, alleging jail staff failed to provide adequate medical care.
Several of my day lily clumps and a stand of Salvia looked quite adequate for the purpose.
Labour also will ensure the health service, schools and colleges receive adequate resources, Corbyn’s office said.
The agency asked if a 2012 recall of about 7,500 7-Series cars from the 2005 to 2007 model years should be expanded and if the remedy was adequate.
During bloom time, strong winds and cold temperatures can greatly reduce or prevent adequate bee activity.
Many food pantries are already undersupplied and don’t have adequate staffing.
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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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