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adequacy

[ad-i-kwuh-see] /ˈæd ɪ kwə si/
noun, plural adequacies.
1.
the state or quality of being adequate; sufficiency for a particular purpose.
Origin of adequacy
1800-1810
First recorded in 1800-10; adequ(ate) + -acy
Related forms
preadequacy, noun
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  • Reardon made the only answer possible, and felt the thrill of his own adequacy.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • Has anything arisen to disprove the adequacy of correspondence?

    The World I Live In

    Helen Keller
  • Perhaps but for the three days' rain he might have got away without a doubt as to his adequacy.

    The Reef Edith Wharton
  • He felt the adequacy of this life as a determiner of the eternal destiny of all men.

  • Ultimately there is no adequacy, we are all weighed in the balance and found wanting.

    First and Last Things H. G. Wells
  • Our concept of Reality must be symmetrical, or fail of adequacy.

    Beauty and the Beast Stewart A. McDowall
  • adequacy and destructiveness of armament are strictly relative terms.

    The Fruits of Victory Norman Angell
  • The conception of adequacy revealed in the replies must have been equally various.

  • She looked about her, indeed, with a certain appreciation of its coziness and adequacy.

    Clark's Field Robert Herrick

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