inadequate - definition and synonyms

 
 
adjective 

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/ɪnˈædɪkwət/
  1. 1
    not enough, or not good enough for a particular purpose

    inadequate provision of health care

    We are trying to provide basic education with inadequate resources.

    inadequate for:

    rail tracks that are inadequate for the loads carried on them

    inadequate to do something:

    Existing laws are inadequate to deal with these problems.

    totally/quite/wholly inadequate:

    The government’s response was condemned as totally inadequate.

  2. 2
    someone who is inadequate does not feel confident that they can deal with the situation they are in

    Some people feel totally inadequate when faced with new responsibilities.

derived words

inadequate

 

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noun [countable]
singularinadequate
pluralinadequates

inadequately

adverb