View synonyms for adequately


[ ad-i-kwit-lee ]


  1. in a way that is sufficient, suitable, effective, or appropriate:

    The professor’s vague response failed to adequately answer our questions.

    The clinic needs to be appropriately staffed with permanently employed and adequately trained personnel.

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  • pre·ad·e·quate·ly adverb
  • qua·si-ad·e·quate·ly adverb
  • su·per·ad·e·quate·ly adverb

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Example Sentences

Giuliani was trying to analogize the claims of Republican poll watchers, who say they were too far away from ballot counting to adequately observe it.

Doing so likely precludes scientific analysis for the impact of proposed activities in lease areas and likely does not allow time for public input to be adequately assessed, as a variety of laws require.

Current cardiovascular disease data does not adequately characterize populations who are most impacted by heart disease.

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For decades, autism and schizophrenia were attributed to “refrigerator mothers,” a term for mothers who weren’t adequately warm and maternal or even abusive and neglectful.

Marketers must also adequately vet publisher partners to ensure that data is being obtained in a conspicuous, ethical manner.

Regrettably, not many of them have been adequately translated.

“It used to be that you could not research these things adequately,” Tweedy told me.

American universities have come under censure for failing to adequately protect students from sexual and physical assault.

There are many people who have yet to be held adequately responsible in Ferguson, Missouri.

“There appears to be no evidence that [Rudy] … is unable to adequately plan for care for his daughter,” he wrote.

Further, it may be doubted if the true conditions of the problem, or problems, involved have even yet been adequately realised.

I have not the power adequately to describe them without committing a breach of the laws of decent speech.

It is transient, it will not last—it will not bring reformation—it will never be adequately requited.

Incidental features of sex hygiene will arise naturally from physical education and can be adequately treated there.

He just wrote things, things that he thought were adequately imbecile, and shot them into letter-boxes.