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INADEQUACY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inadequacy mean? 

INADEQUACY (noun)
  The noun INADEQUACY has 3 senses:

1. lack of an adequate quantity or number
2. a lack of competence
3. unsatisfactoriness by virtue of being inadequate

  Familiarity information: INADEQUACY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INADEQUACY (noun)


Sense 1inadequacy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lack of an adequate quantity or number

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

inadequacy; deficiency; insufficiency

Context example:

the inadequacy of unemployment benefits

Hypernyms ("inadequacy" is a kind of...):

amount (how much of something is available)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "inadequacy"):

exiguity; leanness; meagerness; meagreness; poorness; scantiness; scantness (the quality of being meager)

deficit; shortage; shortfall (the property of being an amount by which something is less than expected or required)

scarceness; scarcity (a small and inadequate amount)

slenderness (the quality of being slight or inadequate)

Antonym:

adequacy (the quality of being sufficient for the end in view)


Sense 2inadequacy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A lack of competence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

insufficiency; inadequacy

Context examples:

pointed out the insufficiencies in my report / juvenile offenses often reflect an inadequacy in the parents

Hypernyms ("inadequacy" is a kind of...):

failing; weakness (a flaw or weak point)


Sense 3inadequacy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unsatisfactoriness by virtue of being inadequate

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

inadequateness; inadequacy

Hypernyms ("inadequacy" is a kind of...):

unsatisfactoriness (the quality of being inadequate or unsuitable)

Antonym:

adequacy (the quality of being able to meet a need satisfactorily:)


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