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.
barely sufficient or suitable: Being adequate is not good enough.
Law. reasonably sufficient for starting legal action: adequate grounds.

1610–20; < Latin adaequātus matched (past participle of adaequāre). See ad-, equal, -ate1

adequately, adverb
adequateness, noun
preadequate, adjective
preadequately, adverb
preadequateness, noun
quasi-adequate, adjective
quasi-adequately, adverb
superadequate, adjective
superadequately, adverb
superadequateness, noun

1. satisfactory, competent, sufficient, enough; capable. Unabridged
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adequate (ˈædɪkwɪt)
able to fulfil a need or requirement without being abundant, outstanding, etc
[C17: from Latin adaequāre to equalize, from ad- to + aequusequal]

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Word Origin & History

1610s, from L. adæquatus "equalized," pp. of adæquare "to make equal to," from ad- "to" + æquare "make level," from æquus (see equal). The sense is of being "equal to what is required."

1620s, from adequate; originally a term in logic in ref. to correspondence of ideas and objects. Meaning "suitably" is recorded from 1680s.
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Example sentences
It has long been accepted that material well-being alone does not adequately
  measure quality of life.
Such alcoholic cardiomyopathy weakens the heart so that it is unable to pump
  blood adequately.
Words and pictures do not begin to adequately describe it.
They thrive in areas with hot, dry summers but also perform adequately in
  coastal areas.
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