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inadequate

[ in-ad-i-kwit ]
/ ɪnˈæd ɪ kwɪt /
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adjective
not adequate or sufficient; inept or unsuitable.
Psychiatry. ineffectual in response to emotional, social, intellectual, and physical demands in the absence of any obvious mental or physical deficiency.
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Origin of inadequate

First recorded in 1665–75; in-3 + adequate

OTHER WORDS FROM inadequate

in·ad·e·quate·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for inadequate

inadequate
/ (ɪnˈædɪkwɪt) /

adjective
not adequate; insufficient
not capable or competent; lacking

Derived forms of inadequate

inadequacy, nouninadequately, adverb
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