- as much or as good as necessary for some requirement or purpose; fully sufficient, suitable, or fit (often followed by to or for): This car is adequate to our needs. adequate food for fifty people.
- barely sufficient or suitable: Being adequate is not good enough.
- Law. reasonably sufficient for starting legal action: adequate grounds.
Origin of adequate
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1. satisfactory, competent, sufficient, enough; capable.
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Examples from the Web for adequate
“The government failed to show that it had adequate basis for the certification,” he wrote in August.The Detainee Abuse Photos Obama Didn’t Want You To See
Noah Shachtman, Tim Mak
December 15, 2014
“As long as they have an adequate body weight, most women will ovulate just fine, even on marathon weekend,” he says.Exercise and Fertility: Are You Too Fit to Get Pregnant?
August 1, 2014
The airline industry has failed to give an adequate answer to that.Twin Disasters Turn 2014 Into the Year of Flying Dangerously
July 19, 2014
On paper, the forces in Tikrit should have been more than adequate to repel even a force of this size.The Paper Tiger of the Tigris: How ISIS Took Tikrit Without a Fight
June 29, 2014
Having a White House political operative looking into this is not an adequate solution.Exclusive: Texas VA Run Like a ‘Crime Syndicate,’ Whistleblower Says
May 28, 2014
They are really channels for the transmission, adequate or inadequate, of sense impressions.De Profundis
"But," she said, and then stopped as if unable to find words, adequate to her meaning.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
It represented scorn for which Mrs. Blair could find no adequate utterance.Meadow Grass
She hoped that Elder Weeks would be adequate in the latter direction.The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
This explanation is plausible; but I do not find it adequate.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
- able to fulfil a need or requirement without being abundant, outstanding, etc
C17: from Latin adaequāre to equalize, from ad- to + aequus equal
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Word Origin and History for adequate
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