- Satisfactory or acceptable in quality or quantity: this office is perfectly adequate for my needs adequate resources and fundingMore example sentences
sufficient, enough, ample, requisite, apposite, appropriate, suitableacceptable, passable, reasonable, satisfactory, tolerable, fair, fairly good, pretty good, goodish, middle-of-the-road, mediocre, unexceptional, unexceptionable, undistinguished, unremarkable, ordinary, commonplace, indifferent, average, not bad, all right, good enough, so-so, minimal, medium, moderate, run-of-the-mill, forgettable• informal OK, okay, fair-to-middling, nothing to write home about, nothing to shout about, no great shakes, (plain) vanilla, bog-standardAustralian/New Zealand • informal half-pieequal to, up to, capable, of, suited to, suitable for, able to do, qualified for, fit for, good enough for, sufficient for• informal up to scratch
- 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.
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- 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.
early 17th century: from Latin adaequatus 'made equal to', past participle of the verb adaequare, from ad- 'to' + aequus 'equal'.