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

Other Words from inadequate

inadequately adverb
inadequateness noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web But many climate activists see the agency’s draft plan as wildly inadequate. Sammy Rothstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2022 This month’s death of pedestrian Bob Oneal in West Hartford’s town center spurred Car-Free Diaries blogger Kerri Provost to condemn the town’s safety measures as badly inadequate. Hartford Courant, 18 June 2022 Metro Detroit's transit infrastructure has long struggled with funding seen as inadequate and a framework that allows large swaths of metro Detroit to remain outside the system. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 18 May 2022 While Indianapolis has invested $320 million into its 20-year stormwater improvement program, the report sees current funding levels as inadequate. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 12 May 2022 Among the groups that testified against the bill was the Fraternal Order of Police, a police union that said the training standards were inadequate to prepare school staff to use deadly force. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 13 June 2022 The main thing the Warriors need to draw from the 2015 Finals is adjustments, because experience alone has been inadequate so far as the veteran Warriors have been outmatched and outplayed by the upstart Celtics. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 10 June 2022 In the forest, on a beach, or in the backyard, camping trips are simply inadequate without the aesthetically pleasing addition of a flame. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 2 June 2022 Preserve Calavera filed its lawsuit Dec. 9, 2019, claiming the environmental impact report for the development was inadequate, and that the project would reduce public safety, increase greenhouse gases and bring the permanent loss of prime farmland. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of inadequate

1671, in the meaning defined above

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29 Jun 2022

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“Inadequate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for inadequate


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


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



Medical Definition of inadequate (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who is inadequate especially in terms of social adjustment

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