Definition of adequate
- adequate time
- an amount of money adequate to supply their needs
- a machine that does an adequate job
- Her first performance was merely adequate.
- adequate grounds for a lawsuit
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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