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adequate 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
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  • 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'.

  • equal from Late Middle English:

    A word that came from Latin aequus, which is also at the root of adequate (early 17th century), equable (mid 17th century), equanimity (early 17th century), equate (Middle English), equity (Middle English), equivalent (Late Middle English) ‘of equal worth’, equator (Late Middle English) the circle where day and night are equal, iniquity (Middle English), and, via French, egalitarian (late 19th century). George Orwell's political satire Animal Farm (1945) is the source of the quotation ‘All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.’ Another historic use of equal is from the American Declaration of Independence (1776): ‘We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their creator, with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ See also first

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