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INADEQUATE

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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]

Meaning:

(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

Similar:

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.)

Also:

unsatisfactory (not giving satisfaction)

Attribute:

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

Antonym:

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


Sense 2inadequate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not sufficient to meet a need

Synonyms:

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

Similar:

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


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