Definition of Inadequate

1. Adjective. Lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task. "She was unequal to the task"




2. Adjective. Not sufficient to meet a need. "Short on experience"
Exact synonyms: Poor, Short
Similar to: Deficient, Insufficient
Derivative terms: Inadequateness, Poorness, Shortness

Definition of Inadequate

1. a. Not adequate; unequal to the purpose; insufficient; deficient; as, inadequate resources, power, conceptions, representations, etc.

Definition of Inadequate

1. Adjective. Not adequate; unequal to the purpose; insufficient; deficient; as, inadequate resources, power, conceptions, representations, etc. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Inadequate

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Inadequate

1. 1. Not adequate of sufficient, inept or unsuitable. 2. Psychiatry, ineffectual in response to emotional, social, intellectual and physical demands in the absence of any obvious mental or physical deficiency. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Inadequate

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inadequate (current term)
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Literary usage of Inadequate

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1. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1894)
"OF our real ideas, some are adequate, and some are inadequate. ... inadequate ideas are such, which are but a partial or incomplete representation of those ..."

2. Ethic: Demonstrated in Geometrical Order, and Divided Into Five Parts, which by Benedictus de Spinoza, William Hale White, Amelia Hutchison Stirling (1894)
"About the duration of our body we can have but a very inadequate knowledge. Demonst. ... 2), this knowledge in our mind is altogether inadequate.—Q.KD. ..."

3. The Works of John Locke by John Locke (1823)
"Of Adequate and inadequate Ideas. § 1. OF our real ideas, some are ade- &*„„,,., quate, ... inadequate ideas are such, which are but a partial or incomplete ..."

4. Europe Since 1815 by Charles Downer Hazen (1910)
"The system inadequate. The question becomes urgent. The Forster Education Act of 1870. had a duty to perform in educating its citizens. ..."

5. The Montessori method: Scientific Pedagogy as Applied to Child Education in by Maria Montessori (1912)
"... CHAPTER IX MUSCULAR EDUCATION — GYMNASTICS THE generally accepted idea of gymnastics is, I consider, very inadequate. In the common schools we are ..."

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