Definition of inadequate
: not adequate : insufficient inadequate equipment; also : not capable was inadequate as a leader
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.
Recent Examples of inadequate from the Web
Parents of STEPS students say the fixes are inadequate.
Under suspicion, prison officer resigns - then gets rehired ▪ Inadequate training puts prison officers - and inmates - in danger Part 4: When officers attack ▪
Almost 33 percent of the people living in Wilcox County have inadequate or uncertain access to food.
A New Hampshire credit union has filed a class-action suit alleging that Chipotle's inadequate security measures put customers at risk, according to a report from ABC.
Is anyone accusing me of being inadequate in my efforts?
The report says that while allegations of inadequate supervision and drug use in the home were unfounded, an intact family case was opened.
The controller’s review found that the vast majority of South El Monte’s internal controls — almost 90% — were inadequate.
Massachusetts, West Virginia and seven other states — California, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota and Utah — had considered the settlement inadequate and pushed during hearings earlier this year for tougher penalties against Microsoft.
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First Known Use of inadequate
INADEQUATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inadequate for English Language Learners
: not enough or not good enough : not adequate
INADEQUATE Defined for Kids
Definition of inadequate for Students
: not enough or not good enough an inadequate supply an inadequate excuse
Medical Definition of inadequate
: one who is inadequate especially in terms of social adjustment
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