noun, plural ad·e·qua·cies.

the state or quality of being adequate; sufficiency for a particular purpose.

Origin of adequacy

First recorded in 1800–10; adequ(ate) + -acy
Related formspre·ad·e·qua·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for adequacy

sufficiency, competence, fairness, capacity, enough, plenty

Examples from the Web for adequacy

Contemporary Examples of adequacy

  • To their chagrin, neutral observers have questioned the adequacy of due process in these cases.

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    Bangladesh’s Unfinished War

    K. Anis Ahmed

    March 11, 2013

Historical Examples of adequacy

  • Reardon made the only answer possible, and felt the thrill of his own adequacy.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • Has anything arisen to disprove the adequacy of correspondence?

  • Perhaps but for the three days' rain he might have got away without a doubt as to his adequacy.

    The Reef

    Edith Wharton

  • He felt the adequacy of this life as a determiner of the eternal destiny of all men.

  • Ultimately there is no adequacy, we are all weighed in the balance and found wanting.