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adjective inadequate pronunciation in American English /ɪnˈædəkwət/
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  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.

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 inadequate pronunciation in American English noun [countable]
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