Definitions for adequate
ˈæd ɪ kwɪtad·e·quate
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word adequate.
having the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task
"she had adequate training"; "her training was adequate"; "she was adequate to the job"; "he was equal to the task"
adequate, decent, enoughadjective
sufficient for the purpose
"an adequate income"; "the food was adequate"; "a decent wage"; "enough food"; "food enough"
adequate, passable, fair to middling, tolerableadjective
about average; acceptable
"more than adequate as a secretary"
It [is] an impossibility for any creature to adequate God in his eternity. uE000105695uE001 Shelford.
Equal to some requirement; proportionate, or correspondent; fully sufficient; as, powers adequate to a great work; an adequate definition lawfully and physically sufficient.
Etymology: adaequatus, past participle of adaequare; ad + aequare, aequus.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Equal to; proportionate; correspondent to, so as to bear an exact resemblance or proportion. It is used generally in a figurative sense, and often with the particle to.
Etymology: adequatus, Lat.
Contingent death seems to be the whole adequate object of popular courage; but a necessary and unavoidable coffin strikes paleness into the stoutest heart. Gideon Harvey, on Consumptions.
The arguments were proper, adequate, and sufficient to compass their respective ends. Robert South, Sermons.
All our simple ideas are adequate; because, being nothing but the effects of certain powers in things, fitted and ordained by God to produce such sensations in us, they cannot but be correspondent and adequate to those powers. John Locke.
Those are adequate ideas, which perfectly represent their archetypes or objects. Inadequate are but a partial, or incomplete, representation of those archetypes to which they are referred. Isaac Watts, Logick.
Adequate generally refers to something that is sufficient, acceptable and meets the basic requirements or needs. It may not be exceptional or outstanding but rather measures up to a satisfactory or passable standard.
Adequate refers to something that is acceptable or satisfactory in quantity, quality, or degree. It is sufficient for a specific requirement or purpose.
Adequate refers to something that is sufficient or acceptable in quality or quantity. It implies a state of being able to adequately meet a specific need, requirement, or purpose.
equal to some requirement; proportionate, or correspondent; fully sufficient; as, powers adequate to a great work; an adequate definition
to equalize; to make adequate
Etymology: [See Adequate, a.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ad′e-kwāt, adj. equal to: proportionate: sufficient.—adv. Ad′equately.—ns. Ad′equateness, Ad′equacy, state of being adequate: sufficiency. [L. adæquatus, made equal—ad, to, and æquus, equal.]
Sufficient and appropriate for a specific purpose.
There was an adequate amount of food at the table for all the visitors.
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Rank popularity for the word 'adequate' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2835
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Rank popularity for the word 'adequate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3886
Rank popularity for the word 'adequate' in Adjectives Frequency: #381
The numerical value of adequate in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of adequate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
It is a really easy measurement in this case whether a regulation is adequate: Have the number of quakes gone down? that says whether you're doing an adequate job.
Art can only be truly Art by presenting an adequate outward symbol of some fact in the interior life.
Every state and territory is required to have an emergency drinking water plan in place for natural disasters and obviously when The EPA approves that plan, they are supposed to affirm that there is an adequate plan for response, and The EPA did approve the plan, but clearly they didn't have an adequate plan for drinking water.
Whoever sets himself to see things as they are will find himself one of a very small circle but it is only by this small circle resolutely doing its own work that adequate ideas will ever get current at all.
What is genius, anyway, if it isn't the ability to give an adequate response to a great challenge
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Translations for adequate
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- съразмерен, съответен, адекватенBulgarian
- adequatCatalan, Valencian
- odpovídající, adekvátní, přiměřenýCzech
- adäquat, angemessenGerman
- riittävä, tarkoituksenmukainen, sopiva, asianmukainenFinnish
- adekvát, megfelelőHungarian
- 十分, 適当, 適切Japanese
- atbilstošs, piederīgs, piemērotsLatvian
- соодветен, адекватенMacedonian
- adequaat, deugdelijk, voldoendeDutch
- tilstrekkelig, adekvatNorwegian
- adekwatny, odpowiedniPolish
- соответствующий, подходящий, соразмерный, адекватный, достаточныйRussian
- adekvat, tillämpligSwedish
- uygun, yeterliTurkish
- đủ, đầy đủVietnamese
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