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

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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 federal civil rights lawsuit filed in August 2016 claimed the complex's policies and practices included inadequate training, failure to discipline employee misconduct and condoning workers' violations of patients' civil rights. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mother opposes father's share of settlement in son's death at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex," 6 July 2018 These variations may have been caused in part by differences in the way cities categorize crimes as hate crimes or by inadequate training and procedures. Brian Levin, James J. Nolan, CBS News, "New data shows US hate crimes continued to rise in 2017," 26 June 2018 State officials cited inadequate training and supervision of junior attorneys, as well as high caseloads. Hillary Borrud, OregonLive.com, "In Oregon, lawyers for foster children don't even have to show up," 28 Apr. 2018 These problems are compounded by inadequate training for Border Patrol agents, a lack of oversight by CBP and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the consistent failure of CBP to hold agents accountable for abuse. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "Trump said he’d round up ‘bad hombres.’ How did a Jamaican grandma get on that list?," 23 Jan. 2018 To Stan Hugo, a retired math teacher whose wife, Donna, 80, lives at Beechtree, staffing levels have long seemed inadequate. Jordan Rau, Washington Post, "‘Like A Ghost Town’: Erratic Nursing Home Staffing Revealed Through New Records," 13 July 2018 Income inequality is at unacceptable levels in Massachusetts and, at the same time, our transportation infrastructure is woefully inadequate and our schools are struggling to provide a quality education to every student. Jason Lewis, BostonGlobe.com, "Should the Legislature revive the push for a millionaires tax?," 5 July 2018 Some drivers said signs were inadequate and the lane closures took them by surprise. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Contractor herding traffic near fiery I-84 crash had safety plan. Here's what it said," 29 June 2018 Last year after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, aid groups struggled to transport food and supplies across the island, a problem made worse by the inadequate and out-of-date maps that were available. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "'ICE Is Everywhere': Using Library Science to Map the Separation Crisis," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of inadequate

1671, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of inadequate

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

inadequate

adjective
in·ad·e·quate | \-i-kwət \

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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