noun, plural in·ad·e·qua·cies for 2.

Also in·ad·e·quate·ness [in-ad-i-kwit-nis] /ɪnˈæd ɪ kwɪt nɪs/. the state or condition of being inadequate; insufficiency.
something inadequate; defect: The plan has many inadequacies.

Nearby words

  1. inactivated poliovirus vaccine,
  2. inactive,
  3. inactive repressor,
  4. inactively,
  5. inactivity,
  6. inadequate,
  7. inadequate personality,
  8. inadequate stimulus,
  9. inadmissible,
  10. inadvertence

Origin of inadequacy

First recorded in 1780–90; inadequ(ate) + -acy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for inadequacy



1764, from inadequate + -cy. Related: Inadequacies.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper