- 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
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1. inapt, incompetent; incommensurate; defective, imperfect, incomplete.
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Examples from the Web for inadequately
I don't think that answer is obvious, even if we concede that the Bangladeshi government is inadequately responsive.Should We Force Other Countries to Be Safe?
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The aggregate of individual decisions, each of which is rational, yields an inadequately trained workforce.An Article That Made Me Sad, and a Little Response to Readers
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Obama has stabilized the economy and revived it, inadequately.Election Between Obama and Romney Will Be Boring—and That’s Fine
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In fact they only serve to make clear how inadequately I appreciated the moment when it was here.Didion Nearly Scrapped New Memoir
October 29, 2011
I replied honestly but inadequately, feeling momentarily disoriented myself.The BBC's Overdue Live Aid Apology
November 5, 2010
I realise how vague is this expression and how inadequately it explains my meaning.Balthasar
"You—you should have a law against you," he answered bitterly and inadequately.Greener Than You Think
With what glib facility they describe, but how inadequately they convey.The Friendly Road
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The men were without instruction, and inadequately armed and equipped.Destruction and Reconstruction:
He seems to have appreciated but inadequately the significance of the medical evidence.The Big Bow Mystery
- not adequate; insufficient
- not capable or competent; lacking
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Word Origin and History for inadequately
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