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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Concerns remain among some veterans and lawmakers that the act’s implementation will shift federal dollars to the private sector, leading to privatization of the VA health system, and that funding will be inadequate, leading to an erosion of care. Aaron Kassraie, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Veterans now eligible for more private health care options," 10 June 2019 In some cases the equipment was inadequate, with ladders borrowed from the London Fire Department proving too short. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch U.S. Army Rangers Scale The Same Cliff Their Forebears Did on D-Day," 6 June 2019 Gannett rejected the offer, calling it inadequate, which has set off a proxy battle over control of the publisher of USA Today and more than 100 other publications, including newspapers in Detroit, Phoenix and Milwaukee. Lukas I. Alpert, WSJ, "Schumer Questions Digital First’s Hostile Bid for Gannett," 21 Feb. 2019 However, this characterization is inadequate, or at least incomplete, when the person demonstrates a level of positive psychosocial functioning that exceeds the average level of non-depressed individuals. Claire Gillespie, SELF, "What Exactly Does It Mean to Have ‘High-Functioning’ Depression?," 19 Nov. 2018 Facebook, of course, has other ways of making a new mom feel inadequate, too. Christine Coppa, Woman's Day, "Moms Who Post a Lot on Facebook Are More Likely to Be Depressed," 2 June 2016 Many Democrats dismiss the four-page summary released by Attorney General William Barr as inadequate. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "Trump takes victory lap; parties start to pivot past Russia," 27 Mar. 2019 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

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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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