- 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 adequately
Regrettably, not many of them have been adequately translated.How Clausewitz Invented Modern War
James A. Warren
November 24, 2014
American universities have come under censure for failing to adequately protect students from sexual and physical assault.Don’t Blame The NFL And Colleges For Mishandling Assault Cases
September 19, 2014
“There appears to be no evidence that [Rudy] … is unable to adequately plan for care for his daughter,” he wrote.One Breakdown Can Mean Losing Your Kid Forever
May 30, 2014
Some critics believe that the problem is a result of the military not adequately enforcing its own regulations.Caught Between Military and Civilian Justice, a Battered Wife Waits and Waits for Help
April 21, 2014
I am also frustrated that the administration has not adequately consulted with Congress regarding U.S. policy towards Egypt.Obama’s Partial Aid Suspension Unlikely to Influence Egypt
October 9, 2013
That which we do not believe we cannot adequately say, though we may repeat the words never so often.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The subject is a great one and cannot be adequately treated as an appendage to another.Timaeus
She was in high feather, not adequately to be expressed by the plumes, and at once she told him why.The Prisoner
I only know of one book in which the subject is adequately handled.The Bow, Its History, Manufacture and Use
I wish that I could adequately express my thoughts about her, but I can't.'Smiles'
Eliot H. Robinson
- 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 adequately
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