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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inadequate mean? 

INADEQUATE (adjective)
  The adjective INADEQUATE has 2 senses:

1. (sometimes followed by 'to') not meeting the requirements especially of a task
2. not sufficient to meet a need

  Familiarity information: INADEQUATE used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

INADEQUATE (adjective)

Sense 1inadequate [BACK TO TOP]


(sometimes followed by 'to') not meeting the requirements especially of a task

Context examples:

inadequate training / the staff was inadequate / she was inadequate to the job


deficient; lacking; wanting (inadequate in amount or degree)

incapable; incompetent; unequal to (not meeting requirements)

short-handed; short-staffed; undermanned; understaffed (inadequate in number of workers or assistants etc.)


unsatisfactory (not giving satisfaction)


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


adequate ((sometimes followed by 'to') meeting the requirements especially of a task)

Sense 2inadequate [BACK TO TOP]


Not sufficient to meet a need


inadequate; short; poor

Context examples:

an inadequate income / a poor salary / money is short / on short rations / food is in short supply / short on experience


deficient; insufficient (of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement)

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