Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

inadequacy

[in-ad-i-kwuh-see]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun, plural in·ad·e·qua·cies for 2.
  1. Also in·ad·e·quate·ness [in-ad-i-kwit-nis] /ɪnˈæd ɪ kwɪt nɪs/. the state or condition of being inadequate; insufficiency.
  2. something inadequate; defect: The plan has many inadequacies.

Origin of inadequacy

First recorded in 1780–90; inadequ(ate) + -acy
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for inadequacy

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples


Word Origin and History for inadequacy

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper