lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task
"inadequate training"; "the staff was inadequate"; "she was unequal to the task"
inadequate, poor, short(adj)
not sufficient to meet a need
"an inadequate income"; "a poor salary"; "money is short"; "on short rations"; "food is in short supply"; "short on experience"
Not adequate; unequal to the purpose; insufficient; deficient; as, inadequate resources, power, conceptions, representations, etc.
not adequate; unequal to the purpose; insufficient; deficient; as, inadequate resources, power, conceptions, representations, etc
Origin: [Pref. in- not + adequate: cf. F. inadquat.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
in-ad′e-kwāt, adj. insufficient.—ns. Inad′equacy, Inad′equateness, insufficiency.—adv. Inad′equately.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'inadequate' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3971
Rank popularity for the word 'inadequate' in Adjectives Frequency: #535
The numerical value of inadequate in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of inadequate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life.
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
There has been in recent years excessive emphasis on a citizen's rights and inadequate stress put upon his duties and responsibilities.
Not only did UCI leadership publicly disregard the magnitude of the problem, but the policies put in place to combat doping were inadequate.
There can be no doubt left after this week's events that Europe's Operation Triton is a woefully inadequate replacement for Italy's Mare Nostrum.
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Translations for inadequate
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- inadequatCatalan, Valencian
- unangemessen, unzulänglichGerman
- sopimaton, riittämätön, puutteellinen, vaillinainenFinnish
- 不十分, 不適当Japanese
- ongeschikt, onvoldoende, inadequaat, ontoereikendDutch
- inadecvat, neadecvat, neadecvată, nepotrivit, inadecvatăRomanian
- недостаточный, неадекватныйRussian
- az, kıt, yetersizTurkish
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