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noun inadequacy pronunciation in American English /ɪnˈædəkwəsi/ 
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singularinadequacy
pluralinadequacies
  1. 1
    [uncountable] the failure to be of the quantity or quality needed for a particular purpose

    These statistics show the total inadequacy of the present oil reserves.

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  2. 2
    [countable] a fault in someone or something that prevents them from reaching the standard that is needed or expected

    a recently published report highlighting the inadequacies of the tax system

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