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[in-ad-i-kwuh-see] /ɪnˈæd ɪ kwə si/
noun, plural inadequacies for 2.
Also, inadequateness
[in-ad-i-kwit-nis] /ɪnˈæd ɪ kwɪt nɪs/ (Show IPA)
. the state or condition of being inadequate; insufficiency.
something inadequate; defect:
The plan has many inadequacies.
1780-90; inadequ(ate) + -acy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It also indicates a frustration with people who point out inadequacies in your viewpoints.
  • Be careful not to discuss departmental politics, your perceived inadequacies, or other inappropriate topics.
  • At a certain point, you're no longer threatened by your inadequacies, but grateful to find people who can shore them up.
  • But it would be foolish to fault the effort because of its inadequacies.
  • Second, the citizens who would be the angriest about the government's inadequacies keep leaving the country.
  • It has no loop-holes or inadequacies that can not be handled by policy.
  • Another explanation for the poor performance of many private-equity firms may be the inadequacies of their main investors.
  • It is partly because of such inadequacies that crime is spreading even while it is, in general, going down.
  • The region may well be the first to pay heavily for such inadequacies.
  • The point is taken, but the cause of these inadequacies is not so obvious.
Word Origin and History for inadequacies



1764, from inadequate + -cy. Related: Inadequacies.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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