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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
    [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
    informalnot up to snuff, lousy
    British informalduff, not much cop, no great shakes
    vulgar slanghalf-arsed
    [Antonyms] competent
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