Adjective "adequate" definition and examples

(Adequate may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Satisfactory or acceptable in quality or quantity.
  1. 'adequate resources and funding'
  2. 'Have you got adequate measures in place for you and your employees to deal with the heat?'
  3. 'The main drain isn't adequate to take away waste water from the fishmongers' kiosks.'
  4. 'There were two car-parking spots for each dwelling and he thought access was adequate.'
  5. 'The argument was that the Judge had not given adequate reasons for his adverse findings.'
  6. 'In some cases this is adequate, but in others it may be far from acceptable image quality.'
  7. 'The wine list is adequate, but it is probably best to avoid those from the castle's own vineyard.'
  8. 'The band simply didn't have the time or resources to find an adequate replacement for Frank.'
  9. 'The infrastructure is not adequate to take the amount of traffic there is now.'
  10. 'It also requires there to be adequate legroom for workers to work comfortably.'
  11. 'Many villagers had also felt that the proposal did not offer adequate parking.'

More definitions

1. as much or as good as necessary for some requirement or purpose; fully sufficient, suitable, or fit (often followed by to or for): This car is adequate to our needs. adequate food for fifty people.

2. barely sufficient or suitable: Being adequate is not good enough.

3. Law. reasonably sufficient for starting legal action: adequate grounds.

More examples(as adjective)

"supplies can be adequate to demands."

"systems can be adequate for things."

"stocks can be adequate to demands."

"moistures can be adequate to surpluses."

"moistures can be adequate for growths."

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Early 17th century: from Latin adaequatus ‘made equal to’, past participle of the verb adaequare, from ad- ‘to’ + aequus ‘equal’.