inadequate

[ in-ad-i-kwit ]
/ ɪnˈæd ɪ kwɪt /

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.

Nearby words

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

Origin of inadequate

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

Related formsin·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 Formsinadequacy, nouninadequately, adverb

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Word Origin and History for inadequate

inadequate

adj.

1670s; see in- (1) "not, opposite of" + adequate. Related: Inadequately.

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