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[ad-i-kwit] /ˈæd ɪ kwɪt/
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.
Origin of adequate
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
1. satisfactory, competent, sufficient, enough; capable. Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • Chief among them were the side deals, which he said the city had failed to adequately police.
  • Jurors in this case said that term was not adequately defined.
  • Most advocates believe that it is inhumane to punish individuals who did not adequately grasp what they were doing.
  • Even reading this blog won't adequately prepare you.
  • My concern is that the footnotes don't adequately explain the transactions.
  • The mandate was grossly underfunded and thus could not be adequately executed.
British Dictionary definitions for adequately


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

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



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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