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

adequateness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for adequate

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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Rallies in support of adequate mental health services for all are planned for Wednesday at noon outside the Capitol in Sacramento and the Ronald Reagan State Building in Los Angeles, according to the NUHW. Sophia Kunthara, SFChronicle.com, "Kaiser mental health workers call off strike," 10 June 2019 The big-picture reality is that, without adequate monitoring of air quality in real-time and limiting the causes of pollution, the problem will only get worse given Africa’s expected population boom. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Africa is home to some of the world’s most polluted cities—here’s why the air quality is not improving," 6 June 2019 The Arizona Department of Corrections is under scrutiny for not providing adequate health and dental care to inmates. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Arizona prisons have a history of women giving birth in their cells," 4 June 2019 Without adequate food, water, sleep, or proper pathways on which to run, Ramos pushed on with tremendous effort, and was able to compete in last year’s marathon. Noor Brara, Vogue, "At the New York City Marathon, a Young Olympian Runs for Puerto Rico," 2 Nov. 2018 But none of the financial reforms passed were considered wholly adequate. Kevin Baker, The New Republic, "Why America needs truth and reconciliation after Trump," 17 May 2018 But how many years, full seasons, does this team go without even adequate pitching? Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: Cincinnati Reds looked minor league last night against St. Louis Cardinals," 13 Apr. 2018 Additionally, a great many degrees are not adequate to get a job in that area of study: psychology, sociology, English, political science, history, and the list goes on. BostonGlobe.com, "Letters to the editor of the Boston Globe Magazine," 27 Apr. 2018 The device lacked adequate storage space, and usually couldn’t make it through a full route on one charge. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "12 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology Through the Ages," 18 Jan. 2019

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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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