inadequacy

play
noun in·ad·e·qua·cy \(ˌ)i-ˈna-di-kwə-sē\

Definition of inadequacy

plural

inadequacies

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being inadequate

  2. 2 :  insufficiency, deficiency

Examples of inadequacy in a Sentence

  1. the inadequacy of our servings was soon apparent, as hungry guests started clamoring for seconds

  2. tried to blame others in order to hide the inadequacy of his leadership

Recent Examples of inadequacy from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'inadequacy'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

1787

First Known Use of inadequacy

1787


INADEQUACY Defined for Kids

inadequacy

play
noun in·ad·e·qua·cy \i-ˈna-di-kwə-sē\

Definition of inadequacy for Students

plural

inadequacies

  1. :  the condition of being not enough or not good enough Parents criticized the inadequacy of safety measures.


Medical Dictionary

inadequacy

play
noun in·ad·e·qua·cy \(ˈ)in-ˈad-i-kwə-sē\

Medical Definition of inadequacy

plural

inadequacies

  1. :  the quality or state of being inadequate



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up inadequacy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a lively discussion

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!