in·​ad·​e·​qua·​cy | \ (ˌ)i-ˈna-di-kwə-sē How to pronounce inadequacy (audio) \
plural inadequacies

Definition of inadequacy

1 : the quality or state of being inadequate

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Examples of inadequacy in a Sentence

the inadequacy of our servings was soon apparent, as hungry guests started clamoring for seconds tried to blame others in order to hide the inadequacy of his leadership
Recent Examples on the Web Defined in terms of inadequacy, an accent becomes not a feature of your speech but a flaw. Sheon Han, The New Yorker, "Steven Yeun’s Perfect Accent in “Minari”," 23 Apr. 2021 Brooks in particular finds remarkable emotional depth in Jax, drawing a picture of a maimed man haunted by a body count and fear of his own inadequacy. Eric Webb, Detroit Free Press, "If you’re a ‘Mortal Kombat’ fan, get over here," 23 Apr. 2021 New York and California are two more examples of states that have highlighted the inadequacy of current power infrastructure. Miriam Tuerk, Forbes, "Renewable Energy Is The Solution To Texas’ Blackouts, Not The Cause," 6 Apr. 2021 Well coach Bobby Hurley has not wasted time addressing that inadequacy. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "Sun Devils add to the front court with transfer A.J. Bramah," 27 Mar. 2021 Yes, these feelings of inadequacy and frustration are perfectly normal. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "The Joys of March: Digging Out, Then Warming Up," 15 Mar. 2021 After a year, the museum’s first director resigned, maddened by the buildings’ inadequacy. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "The Iconoclast Remaking Los Angeles’s Most Important Museum," 5 Oct. 2020 Mayor Lioneld Jordan acknowledged the station's inadequacy, saying the department has provided excellent service despite limited space. Stacy Ryburn, Arkansas Online, "Ground breaks on Fayetteville police headquarters," 13 Feb. 2021 Find the repeat places and start to identify why: Does being dressed in a suit with a room full of executives trigger your feelings of inadequacy? Gia Storms, Forbes, "The Dangers Of Checking Out: Overcoming Performance Anxiety To Get Back In The Game," 5 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of inadequacy

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inadequacy was in 1787

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29 Apr 2021

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“Inadequacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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in·​ad·​e·​qua·​cy | \ i-ˈna-di-kwə-sē How to pronounce inadequacy (audio) \
plural inadequacies

Kids Definition of inadequacy

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


in·​ad·​e·​qua·​cy | \ (ˈ)in-ˈad-i-kwə-sē How to pronounce inadequacy (audio) \
plural inadequacies

Medical Definition of inadequacy

: the quality or state of being inadequate

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