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 other projects focused on cars, and Miller argued that its safety procedures were extremely inadequate. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Uber manager in March: “We shouldn’t be hitting things every 15,000 miles”," 11 Dec. 2018 The Air Force's Accident Investigation Board also determined the pilot raised the aircraft landing gear prematurely and that the daily brief was inadequate. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Air Force Releases Explanation for April's F-22 Belly Flop Accident," 19 Nov. 2018 Self-doubt, disapproval from others, and worry that work is interfering with their children’s well-being leave them feeling inadequate and guilt-ridden. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "I'm a Working Mom—How Do I Not Feel Guilty?," 6 Nov. 2018 There is more to say than time permits, and anyway, when measured against the eloquence of George Bush's character and life, our words are very inadequate. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Jim Baker's Eulogy for His Close Friend, George H.W. Bush," 6 Dec. 2018 On the latest Recode Decode, Kara Swisher talks with six of the organizers of the Nov. 1 protests, who say the company’s response has been deeply inadequate. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Black Friday is the busiest time of year for professional line sitters," 21 Nov. 2018 As Ars reported in September, a US district judge called Georgia's voting security efforts inadequate after major vulnerabilities were found in balloting systems in the run-up to a Georgia congressional special election. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "The ugly truth about voting security: States won’t fix it," 6 Nov. 2018 DuBois said the technology is only as good as the data that goes into it — and the sets of images that companies and organizations use to compare emotions are often inadequate. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "London show explores hidden world of facial recognition," 4 Sep. 2018 The latest offer just last week of mitigation standards by the University to the SHPO was deemed inadequate by the state agency. Andrew Greif, OregonLive.com, "Oregon Ducks bow out of 3x3 World Cup against eventual champs," 12 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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