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inadequate

[in-ad-i-kwit]
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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

First recorded in 1665–75; in-3 + adequate
Related formsin·ad·e·quate·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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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.


British Dictionary definitions for inadequately

inadequate

adjective
  1. not adequate; insufficient
  2. not capable or competent; lacking
Derived Formsinadequacy, nouninadequately, 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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