- 1The state or quality of being inadequate; lack of the quantity or quality required: the inadequacy of available resourcesMore example sentences
insufficiency, deficiency, deficit, scarcity, sparseness, dearth, paucity, shortage, want, lack, undersupply; paltriness, meagernessincompetence, incapability, unfitness, ineffectiveness, inefficiency, inefficacy, inexpertness, ineptness, uselessness, impotence, powerlessness; inferiority, mediocrityshortcoming, defect, fault, failing, weakness, weak point, limitation, flaw, imperfection
- The cause of famine, consequently, is not an inadequacy of food.
- A further consequence of the strength of conservative morality is the inadequacy of sex education.
- More demanding tasks can soon show the inadequacy of low amounts of RAM.
- 1.1Inability to deal with a situation or with life: her feelings of personal inadequacyMore example sentences
- Any thoughtful president must surely have infinitely greater moments of inwardly perceived inadequacy.
- Like an avenging angel, the stranger forces the menfolk to confront their own inadequacies.
- A gaggle of girls walked past Jay tittering at his inadequacies.