Definitions of adequate

  1.   about average; acceptable; " more than adequate as a secretary"
  2.   Equal to; proportionate; fully sufficient.
  3.   enough to meet a purpose; " an adequate income"; " the food was adequate"; " a decent wage"; " enough food"; " food enough"
  4.   ( sometimes followed by ` to') meeting the requirements especially of a task; " she had adequate training"; " her training was adequate"; " she was adequate to the job"
  5.   Equal to requirement; sufficient; enough.
  6.   Adequately.
  7.   Fully sufficient.
  8.   Equal to some requirement; proportionate, or correspondent; fully sufficient; as, powers adequate to a great work; an adequate definition.
  9.   To equal
  10.   Adequateness.
  11.   Fully sufficient for; equal to.
  12.   Sufficient; equal.
  13.   To equalize; to make adequate.
  14.   Equal to: proportionate: sufficient.

Antonyms for adequate

fabulous, futile, understaffed, lilliputian, otiose, bad, scarce, cheap, baseless, fine, first-rate, execrable, unreal, sterling, hand-to-mouth, unsubstantial, inefficacious, tip-top, unsuitable, mean, horrible, lamentable, unsatisfying, boss, premium, unparalleled, bush-league, disreputable, unqualified, exiguous, minor, high-grade, shrimpy, subnormal, unsurpassed, toylike, incapable, top, marvelous, worthless, poor, spare, vile, objectionable, inept, classic, smallish, intolerable, unsatisfactory, inconstant, vain, incongruous, deceitful, useless, unprofitable, superlative, nugatory, crackerjack, WACK, shoddy, unbearable, peerless, awful, SUBPAR., unmatched, unseemly, substandard, maximum, superior, pocket, heavenly, indecent, miserable, insupportable, pocket-size, dinky, groovy, optimum, wonderful, capital, unimportant, superb, unequal, bootless, prime, Unapt, short-staffed, terrible, unacceptable, disagreeable, suboptimal, unavailing, dandy, exquisite, swell, great, lame, niggardly, par excellence, nifty, disqualified, pitiful, optimal, wrong, shabby, first class, pygmy, short, unsupportable, unworthy, bantam, improper, trivial, top-notch, secondary, undermanned, unsuccessful, unendurable, infelicitous, perverse, sparing, stellar, dwarfish, maximized, matchless, noble, keen, banner, profitless, empty, light, slim, dismal, graceless, splendid, sucky, low, grand, special, dissatisfactory, vapid, sparse, lacking, untoward, unhappy, null, preeminent, puny, incorrect, atrocious, undersized, scanty, Dissatisfying, unbecoming, inapposite, second-rate, shy, paltry, inadequate, little, imperfect, exceptional, A1, amiss, jim-dandy, wretched, diminutive, abortive, wanting, supreme, inferior, bush, off, sensational, scant, ill, terrific, skimp, unproductive, inapt, supernal, inappropriate, divine, faulty, defective, ineffectual, neat, skimpy, bang up, unequal to, short-handed, delusive, ineffective, insufficient, lousy, indecorous, crummy, half-pint, unserviceable, insufferable, sour, incomplete, miserly, unfit, barren, fancy, punk, malapropos, deficient, incompetent, meager, rotten, fruitless, slight, stingy, extreme, slender, small, second class.

Quotes of adequate

  1. Without a good cultural policy, without adequate help, we will always have individualists, shooting stars who are rapidly forgotten or who stop painting for a more profitable occupation. – Ralph Allen
  2. It is difficult, if not impossible, to argue that laws written in the 1970s are adequate for today's intelligence challenges. – Bob Barr
  3. Civilization as it is known today could not have evolved, nor can it survive, without an adequate food supply. – Norman Borlaug
  4. Who is ever adequate We all create situations each other can't live up to, then break our hearts at them because they don't. – Elizabeth Bowen
  5. War is just a racket... I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. – Smedley Butler
  6. The promise of education reform can never be fulfilled without adequate funding, and by shortchanging our schools, President Bush is breaking his promise to our children. – Joe Lieberman
  7. Our Nation must provide sufficient access to healthcare, adequate benefits, and the supplemental resources our veterans were promised and so dearly need. We owe our heroes no less. – Dan Lipinski
  8. That is not to say that we can relax our readiness to defend ourselves. Our armament must be adequate to the needs, but our faith is not primarily in these machines of defense but in ourselves. – Chester W. Nimitz
  9. Ensuring Americans have access to adequate medical care should be a priority for all of us. – Dave Reichert
  10. We have hardly an adequate idea how all -powerful law is in forming public opinion, in giving tone and character to the mass of society. – Ernestine Rose
  11. I had learned many years ago in private business never to take responsibility without adequate authority; and the new Secretary of Defense, as budgets were sharply cut, quickly found that out. – Stuart Symington
  12. Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that to -day is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity. – William Howard Taft
  13. My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty... it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein. – George Washington
  14. I haven't yet figured out how I was made first captain, because I was not an outstanding student. I was an adequate student. – William Westmoreland

Usage examples for adequate

  1. “ " A man comes to know the measure of such sacrifice after an experience like mine- I have no words-" " Don't, Champney- don't-" " No, I won't, because I can't- because nothing is adequate – Flamsted quarries by Mary E. Waller
  2. Slowly Thord raised his great, dark, passionate eyes, clouded black with thoughts which could find no adequate expression. ” – Temporal Power by Marie Corelli
  3. One place after another was suggested, only for the suggestion to be dismissed for some good and adequate reason. ” – Between the Lines by Boyd Cable
  4. They managed as well with almost nothing at all, as with a really adequate amount- which is to say that they don't know in the least what the word manage means! ” – The Story Of Julia Page Works of Kathleen Norris, Volume V. by Kathleen Norris
  5. “ Mr. Sherman then offered an amendment in the nature of a substitute, the preamble of which declared that " No legal State governments or adequate protection for life or property now exist in the rebel States." ” – History of the Thirty-Ninth Congress of the United States by Wiliam H. Barnes
  6. There will necessarily be infant schools of an inferior quality for a long time, because it will take time to make common an adequate education in the art of kindergartning; but let such be called play- schools. ” – Education in The Home, The Kindergarten, and The Primary School by Elizabeth P. Peabody
  7. It cannot honestly be said that our present criticism is adequate to either task. ” – Aspects of Literature by J. Middleton Murry
  8. Yields of crops are limited more by lack of a constant and adequate supply of moisture throughout the growing season than by any other one factor. ” – Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement by Alva Agee
  9. “ I made answer, that the sum was not adequate to the expenses. ” – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VIII. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  10. But let us consider this matter of adequate compensation. ” – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  11. Nor was his electro- telescope adequate to pick small objects at any great distance. ” – Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930 by Various
  12. And I could find no adequate reply. ” – The Red Planet by William J. Locke
  13. The provision of adequate quarters for the Post Office should be put on a sound basis. ” – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  14. There was no adequate reply. ” – Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930 by Various
  15. His break point seemed to have no adequate antecedents. ” – Human Error by Raymond F. Jones
  16. He had adequate time to keep the most important appointment of his recent life, although none to spare. ” – Lonesome Town by Ethel and James Dorrance
  17. “ No adequate account of James Prinsep's remarkable career has been published. ” – Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official by William Sleeman
  18. There was no adequate system of management. ” – McGill and its Story, 1821-1921 by Cyrus Macmillan
  19. And Constance did not care where Sophia came from, nor what Sophia had been accustomed to, nor into what limited company Sophia had been transformed- that room was adequate – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  20. Only one English writer has ever done him justice, or said anything adequate about him. ” – Figures of Several Centuries by Arthur Symons

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