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[in-ad-i-kwuh-see] /ɪnˈæd ɪ kwə si/
noun, plural inadequacies for 2.
Also, inadequateness
[in-ad-i-kwit-nis] /ɪnˈæd ɪ kwɪt nɪs/ (Show IPA)
. the state or condition of being inadequate; insufficiency.
something inadequate; defect:
The plan has many inadequacies.
Origin of inadequacy
First recorded in 1780-90; inadequ(ate) + -acy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Prominent in her manner was a helpless little confession of inadequacy to her ambitions that made her personality engaging.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • The 'felicific calculus' is enough to show the inadequacy of his method.

  • The most elementary books of science betrayed the inadequacy of old implements of thought.

  • Alderling repeated in a tone of amaze at the inadequacy of my epithet.

    Questionable Shapes William Dean Howells
  • He recognised and pointed out with great force the inadequacy of such palliatives as emigration, home-colonisation, and so forth.

Word Origin and History for inadequacy

1764, from inadequate + -cy. Related: Inadequacies.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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