- not adequate or sufficient; inept or unsuitable.
- Psychiatry. ineffectual in response to emotional, social, intellectual, and physical demands in the absence of any obvious mental or physical deficiency.
Origin of inadequate
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1. inapt, incompetent; incommensurate; defective, imperfect, incomplete.
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There was also the question of inadequate protective gear and insufficient instruction.Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers
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The union said it had previously raised concerns about low staffing levels and inadequate inmate security levels.How To Plan A Jailbreak
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The state of childcare in this nation goes from inadequate to deplorable, even as compared to the child care centers of the 1940s.Whither the Women’s Movement?
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They are really channels for the transmission, adequate or inadequate, of sense impressions.De Profundis
The light was daylight, but it was inadequate, as though charged with mist.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
My attempt at reproducing their spirit is pale and inadequate.American Notes
Beast is too inadequate a term to describe it, but I know no words to tell its form.There is a Reaper ...
Charles V. De Vet
A man can only speak so long as he does not feel his speech to be partial and inadequate.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- not adequate; insufficient
- not capable or competent; lacking
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Word Origin and History for inadequate
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