- 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.
- barely sufficient or suitable: Being adequate is not good enough.
- Law. reasonably sufficient for starting legal action: adequate grounds.
Origin of adequate
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1. satisfactory, competent, sufficient, enough; capable.
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For the object must be given in experience, and the question relates to the adequateness of the object to an idea.The Critique of Pure Reason
- able to fulfil a need or requirement without being abundant, outstanding, etc
C17: from Latin adaequāre to equalize, from ad- to + aequus equal
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Word Origin and History for adequateness
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