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Syllabification: ad·e·quate
Pronunciation: /ˈadəkwət

Definition of adequate in English:


Satisfactory or acceptable in quality or quantity: this office is perfectly adequate for my needs the law is adequate to deal with the problem adequate resources and funding
More example sentences
  • They point to figures that show current oil supplies are more than adequate to satisfy demand.
  • Allocation of adequate resources for research in these fields is highly desirable.
  • The band simply didn't have the time or resources to find an adequate replacement for Frank.
sufficient, enough, requisite
informal OK, so-so, 'comme ci, comme ça', fair-to-middling, nothing to write home about
equal to, up to, capable of, suitable for, able to do, fit for, sufficient for


early 17th century: from Latin adaequatus 'made equal to', past participle of the verb adaequare, from ad- 'to' + aequus 'equal'.



Example sentences
  • I can dine quite adequately with no more than two plates and a knife and fork.
  • Our youngsters seem to cope quite adequately not giving two hoots about an apostrophe.
  • Thanks to the dairy farming he has been able to provide for this family fairly adequately.

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