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Definition 1: lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where inadequate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • inadequate training
  • the staff was inadequate
  • she was unequal to the task

Synonyms for inadequate in the sense of this definition

(inadequate is similar to ...) inadequate in amount or degree

"a deficient education" "deficient in common sense" "lacking in stamina" "tested and found wanting"

(inadequate is similar to ...) not meeting requirements

"unequal to the demands put upon him"

(inadequate is similar to ...) inadequate in number of workers or assistants etc.

"they're rather short-handed at the moment" "overcrowded and understaffed hospitals"

(means also ...) not giving satisfaction

"shops should take back unsatisfactory goods" "her performance proved to be unsatisfactory" "life is becoming increasingly unsatifactory" "our discussion was very unsatisfactory"

(... are attributes of inadequate) the quality of being able to meet a need satisfactorily:

"he questioned the adequacy of the usual sentimental interpretation of the Golden Rule"

Definition 2: of insufficient quantity to meet a need - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where inadequate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an inadequate income
  • a poor salary
  • money is short
  • on short rations
  • food is in short supply
  • short on experience
  • the jejune diets of the very poor

Synonyms for inadequate in the sense of this definition

(inadequate is similar to ...) of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement

"insufficient funds"

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