- 1Lacking the quality or quantity required; insufficient for a purpose: these labels prove to be wholly inadequate inadequate fundingMore example sentences
insufficient, not enough, deficient, poor, scant, scanty, scarce, sparse, too little, too few, short, in short supply; paltry, meagre, niggardly; skimpy, sketchy, incomplete, restricted, limited• rare exiguousincompetent, 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• vulgar slang half-arsed
- We accused her of giving inadequate funding to our schools but when we requested an interview she declined.
- He said government funding was inadequate and had failed to keep up with rising costs.
- The system appears to be inadequate for the present requirements of the village.
- 1.1(Of a person) unable to deal with a situation or with life: a sad, solitary, inadequate man I felt like a fraud, inadequate to the taskMore example sentences
- Roland, Gabriel and I had been prepared for this battle, but still we were inadequate.
- Valentine's day may be a conspiracy to make single people feel inadequate.
- The power to make and break little lives can sometimes make people feel inadequate and uncomfortable.
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- It was that beauty the great poets dream about but describe most poorly and inadequately.
- Yet chronic disease is often poorly treated and inadequately prevented.
- Standards in education have slipped, they say, and too few teachers, often inadequately trained, are entering the schools system.