[ 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.
Words nearby adequate
Origin of adequate
OTHER WORDS FROM adequate
ad·e·quate·ly, adverbad·e·quate·ness, nounpre·ad·e·quate, adjectivepre·ad·e·quate·ly, adverb
pre·ad·e·quate·ness, nounqua·si-ad·e·quate, adjectivequa·si-ad·e·quate·ly, adverbsu·per·ad·e·quate, adjectivesu·per·ad·e·quate·ly, adverbsu·per·ad·e·quate·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for adequateness
For the object must be given in experience, and the question relates to the adequateness of the object to an idea.The Critique of Pure Reason|Immanuel Kant
British Dictionary definitions for adequateness
/ (ˈædɪkwɪt) /
able to fulfil a need or requirement without being abundant, outstanding, etc
Derived forms of adequateadequacy (ˈædɪkwəsɪ), nounadequately, adverb
Word Origin for adequate
C17: from Latin adaequāre to equalize, from ad- to + aequus equal
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