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.

Origin of inadequate

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

Related forms

in·ad·e·quate·ly, adverb
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inadequate

/ (ɪnˈædɪkwɪt) /

adjective

not adequate; insufficient
not capable or competent; lacking

Derived Forms

inadequacy, nouninadequately, adverb
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