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Synonyms of inadequate in English:


  • 1 inadequate water supplies inadequate wages
    insufficient, not enough, deficient, poor, scant, scanty, scarce, sparse, too little, too few, short, in short supply;
    skimpy, sketchy, incomplete, restricted, limited
    informal measly, pathetic, piddling
    rare exiguous
    [Antonyms] adequate, sufficient
  • 2 inadequate staff
    incompetent, incapable, unsatisfactory, not good enough, no good, found wanting, not up to scratch, lacking, leaving much to be desired, unfit, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficient, unskilful, inexpert, inept, unproficient, amateurish, substandard, poor, bad, hopeless, useless, inferior;
    impotent, powerless
    informal not up to snuff, lousy
    British informal duff, not much cop, no great shakes
    vulgar slang half-arsed
    [Antonyms] competent
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