inadequate

adjective
in·​ad·​e·​quate | \ (ˌ)i-ˈna-di-kwət How to pronounce inadequate (audio) \

Definition of inadequate

: not adequate : not enough or good enough : insufficient inadequate equipment also : not capable was inadequate as a leader

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Other Words from inadequate

inadequately adverb
inadequateness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for inadequate

Synonyms

deficient, insufficient, lacking, low, scarce, short, shy, wanting

Antonyms

adequate, enough, sufficient

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Examples of inadequate in a Sentence

These supplies are inadequate to meet our needs. We were given very inadequate information. I felt inadequate to the task. Her brother's success and popularity always made her feel inadequate.
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The new appeal was for post-conviction relief on the basis that Syed had inadequate assistance of counsel during his trial. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of The Case Against Adnan Syed," 31 Mar. 2019 Council members cited inadequate record keeping and revenue collections as the reasons. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel Redevelopment Commission brings back 'fired' development director Les Olds as consultant," 21 June 2018 In every single incident, the warning system has been inadequate. Scott Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Nearly a month after the Camp Fire began razing their towns, Californians return to ruin," 5 Dec. 2018 So when does inadequate sleep warrant a serious medical problem? Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "How to Tell if You Have a Sleep Disorder," 14 Mar. 2019 Following an inadequate response or an undesired song, his anger gets the better of him. Steven Brykman, Ars Technica, "Douglas Adams was right: “Genuine people personalities” are coming to our gadgets," 22 Dec. 2018 First reported by Stars and Stripes, the OT&E report says all four versions of of the vehicle are not operationally suitable, with a combination of defects, design problems, and inadequate contractor training support. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Pentagon Report Slams Military’s Humvee Replacement," 25 Feb. 2019 Customers who fit those categories will get $75 back, with an additional $75 to the roughly 150,000 customers who rented an inadequate modem for 24 months or more. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Charter-Spectrum reaches $174.2 million settlement in New York AG’s speed fraud lawsuit," 18 Dec. 2018 At the time, Mexican-American men were serving in World War II, while their children were being sent to segregated, inadequate schools. Mariana Viera, Teen Vogue, "How Méndez vs. Westminster Helped End Segregated Schools for Latinx Children in 1940s California," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of inadequate

1671, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for inadequate

inadequate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of inadequate

: not enough or not good enough : not adequate

inadequate

adjective
in·​ad·​e·​quate | \ i-ˈna-di-kwət How to pronounce inadequate (audio) \

Kids Definition of inadequate

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

inadequate

adjective
in·​ad·​e·​quate | \ -i-kwət How to pronounce inadequate (audio) \

Medical Definition of inadequate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from inadequate

inadequately adverb

inadequate

noun

Medical Definition of inadequate (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who is inadequate especially in terms of social adjustment

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