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inadequate

[in-ad-i-kwit] /ɪnˈæd ɪ kwɪt/
adjective
1.
not adequate or sufficient; inept or unsuitable.
2.
Psychiatry. ineffectual in response to emotional, social, intellectual, and physical demands in the absence of any obvious mental or physical deficiency.
Origin of inadequate
1665-1675
1665-75; in-3 + adequate
Related forms
inadequately, adverb
Synonyms
1. inapt, incompetent; incommensurate; defective, imperfect, incomplete.
Antonyms
1. sufficient.
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  • As regards the travellers sent out by English firms, they are often inadequately equipped for the work they have to perform.

  • I realise how vague is this expression and how inadequately it explains my meaning.

    Balthasar Anatole France
  • The quarrel was inadequately reported, and his name spelt variously Betteridge and Betridge.

    The War in the Air Herbert George Wells
  • "You—you should have a law against you," he answered bitterly and inadequately.

  • He was neither tall nor short, stout nor inadequately spare; and he was in evening dress like anybody else.

    A Romantic Young Lady Robert Grant
British Dictionary definitions for inadequately

inadequate

/ɪnˈædɪkwɪt/
adjective
1.
not adequate; insufficient
2.
not capable or competent; lacking
Derived Forms
inadequacy, noun
inadequately, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inadequately

inadequate

adj.

1670s; see in- (1) "not, opposite of" + adequate. Related: Inadequately.

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