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inadequate

[in-ad-i-kwit] /ɪnˈæd ɪ kwɪt/
adjective
1.
not adequate or sufficient; inept or unsuitable.
2.
Psychiatry. ineffectual in response to emotional, social, intellectual, and physical demands in the absence of any obvious mental or physical deficiency.
Origin of inadequate
1665-1675
First recorded in 1665-75; in-3 + adequate
Related forms
inadequately, adverb
Synonyms
1. inapt, incompetent; incommensurate; defective, imperfect, incomplete.
Antonyms
1. sufficient.
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  • They are really channels for the transmission, adequate or inadequate, of sense impressions.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • 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 Rudyard Kipling
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for inadequate

inadequate

/ɪnˈædɪkwɪt/
adjective
1.
not adequate; insufficient
2.
not capable or competent; lacking
Derived Forms
inadequacy, noun
inadequately, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inadequate
adj.

1670s; see in- (1) "not, opposite of" + adequate. Related: Inadequately.

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