inadequate

adjective in·ad·e·quate \ (ˌ)i-ˈna-di-kwət \

Definition of inadequate

:not adequate :insufficient
  • inadequate equipment
; also :not capable
  • was inadequate as a leader

inadequately

adverb

inadequateness

noun

Examples of inadequate in a Sentence

  1. These supplies are inadequate to meet our needs.

  2. We were given very inadequate information.

  3. I felt inadequate to the task.

  4. Her brother's success and popularity always made her feel inadequate.

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First Known Use of inadequate

1671


INADEQUATE Defined for English Language Learners

inadequate

adjective

Definition of inadequate for English Language Learners

  • : not enough or not good enough : not adequate


INADEQUATE Defined for Kids

inadequate

adjective in·ad·e·quate \ i-ˈna-di-kwət \

Definition of inadequate for Students

:not enough or not good enough
  • an inadequate supply
  • an inadequate excuse

Medical Dictionary

1

inadequate

adjective in·ad·e·quate \ -i-kwət \

medical Definition of inadequate

1 :not adequate :deficient
  • an inadequate dose
  • inadequate perfusion
  • inadequate diets
2 :lacking the capacity for psychological maturity or adequate social adjustment
  • an inadequate personality

inadequately

adverb

2

inadequate

noun

medical Definition of inadequate

:one who is inadequate especially in terms of social adjustment


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