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adequate

[ad-i-kwit] /ˈæd ɪ kwɪt/
adjective
1.
as much or as good as necessary for some requirement or purpose; fully sufficient, suitable, or fit (often followed by to or for):
This car is adequate to our needs. adequate food for fifty people.
2.
barely sufficient or suitable:
Being adequate is not good enough.
3.
Law. reasonably sufficient for starting legal action:
adequate grounds.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; < Latin adaequātus matched (past participle of adaequāre). See ad-, equal, -ate1
Related forms
adequately, adverb
adequateness, noun
preadequate, adjective
preadequately, adverb
preadequateness, noun
quasi-adequate, adjective
quasi-adequately, adverb
superadequate, adjective
superadequately, adverb
superadequateness, noun
Synonyms
1. satisfactory, competent, sufficient, enough; capable.
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Examples for adequate
  • It's not that complex, my computer just lacks adequate processing power.
  • When the natural supply of nutrients isn't adequate, gardeners add fertilizer to make up the difference.
  • The words “thank you” hardly feel adequate.
  • Starved of adequate food, neither brain nor body develops appropriately.
  • Kanawha County was purchasing an adequate number of units.
  • But most Americans would not consider a one-bedroom apartment adequate for a family of four.
  • Riggs has good bulk, but only adequate muscle development.
  • They also need adequate lead time to contact local media.
  • You can provide adequate funding to needy students by reducing admissions.
  • The president felt that neither was adequate, but that both had a contribution to make.
British Dictionary definitions for adequate

adequate

/ˈædɪkwɪt/
adjective
1.
able to fulfil a need or requirement without being abundant, outstanding, etc
Derived Forms
adequacy (ˈædɪkwəsɪ) noun
adequately, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin adaequāre to equalize, from ad- to + aequusequal
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Word Origin and History for adequate
adj.

1610s, from Latin adaequatus "equalized," past participle of adaequare "to make equal to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + aequare "make level," from aequus (see equal). The sense is of being "equal to what is required." Related: Adequateness.

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