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noun, plural in·ad·e·qua·cies for 2.
  1. Also in·ad·e·quate·ness [in-ad-i-kwit-nis] /ɪnˈæd ɪ kwɪt nɪs/. the state or condition of being inadequate; insufficiency.
  2. something inadequate; defect: The plan has many inadequacies.
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Origin of inadequacy

First recorded in 1780–90; inadequ(ate) + -acy
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Related Words for inadequacy

flaw, weakness, failing, imperfection, dearth, paucity, deficiency, insufficiency, incapacity, shortcoming, ineffectiveness, ineptitude, inefficiency, blemish, lack, scantiness, drawback, deficit, incompetency, inefficacy

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Word Origin and History for inadequacy


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

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