[ ad-i-kwit ]
/ ˈæd ɪ kwɪt /


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.

Nearby words

  1. adeodatus ii,
  2. adephagia,
  3. adept,
  4. adeptly,
  5. adequacy,
  6. adequate stimulus,
  7. adequately,
  8. adermia,
  9. adermogenesis,
  10. adessive

Origin of adequate

1610–20; < Latin adaequātus matched (past participle of adaequāre). See ad-, equal, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for adequately


/ (ˈædɪkwɪt) /


able to fulfil a need or requirement without being abundant, outstanding, etc
Derived Formsadequacy (ˈædɪkwəsɪ), nounadequately, adverb

Word Origin for adequate

C17: from Latin adaequāre to equalize, from ad- to + aequus equal

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