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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 of adequate
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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  • The horror of this is not to be adequately described to those who have never seen the like.

    Amelia Henry Fielding
  • That which we do not believe we cannot adequately say, though we may repeat the words never so often.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The singer or speaker must breathe easily and adequately, but not so as to waste his energies.

  • The subject is a great one and cannot be adequately treated as an appendage to another.

    Timaeus Plato
  • That existing educational machineries may not adequately recognise these is not of course the question here.

British Dictionary definitions for adequately

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 adequately
adv.

1620s, from adequate + -ly (2); originally a term in logic in reference to correspondence of ideas and objects. Meaning "suitably" is recorded from 1680s.

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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