inadequacy - definition and synonyms


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  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.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] a lack of confidence that makes someone feel they are not good enough to deal with a particular situation or with life in general

    He was suffering from a deep sense of inadequacy.

  3. 3
    [countable] a fault in someone or something that prevents them from reaching the standard that is needed or expected

    a report highlighting the inadequacies of the tax system

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