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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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  • I realise how vague is this expression and how inadequately it explains my meaning.

    Balthasar Anatole France
  • "You—you should have a law against you," he answered bitterly and inadequately.

  • With what glib facility they describe, but how inadequately they convey.

    The Friendly Road (AKA David Grayson) Ray Stannard Baker
  • The men were without instruction, and inadequately armed and equipped.

  • He seems to have appreciated but inadequately the significance of the medical evidence.

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British Dictionary definitions for inadequately

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 inadequately

inadequate

adj.

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

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