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adequate

[ad-i-kwit] /ˈæd ɪ kwɪt/
adjective
1.
as much or as good as necessary for some requirement or purpose; fully sufficient, suitable, or fit (often followed by to or for):
This car is adequate to our needs. adequate food for fifty people.
2.
barely sufficient or suitable:
Being adequate is not good enough.
3.
Law. reasonably sufficient for starting legal action:
adequate grounds.
Origin of adequate
1610-1620
1610-20; < Latin adaequātus matched (past participle of adaequāre). See ad-, equal, -ate1
Related forms
adequately, adverb
adequateness, noun
preadequate, adjective
preadequately, adverb
preadequateness, noun
quasi-adequate, adjective
quasi-adequately, adverb
superadequate, adjective
superadequately, adverb
superadequateness, noun
Synonyms
1. satisfactory, competent, sufficient, enough; capable.
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  • They are really channels for the transmission, adequate or inadequate, of sense impressions.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • "But," she said, and then stopped as if unable to find words, adequate to her meaning.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • It represented scorn for which Mrs. Blair could find no adequate utterance.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • She hoped that Elder Weeks would be adequate in the latter direction.

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • This explanation is plausible; but I do not find it adequate.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for adequate

adequate

/ˈædɪkwɪt/
adjective
1.
able to fulfil a need or requirement without being abundant, outstanding, etc
Derived Forms
adequacy (ˈædɪkwəsɪ) noun
adequately, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin adaequāre to equalize, from ad- to + aequusequal
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Word Origin and History for adequate
adj.

1610s, from Latin adaequatus "equalized," past participle of adaequare "to make equal to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + aequare "make level," from aequus (see equal). The sense is of being "equal to what is required." Related: Adequateness.

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