Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Sufficient to satisfy a requirement or meet a need. See Synonyms at sufficient.
  • adj. Barely satisfactory or sufficient: The skater's technique was only adequate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Equal to some requirement; proportionate, or correspondent; fully sufficient; as, powers adequate to a great work; an adequate definition lawfully and physically sufficient.
  • v. To equalize; to make adequate.
  • v. To equal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Equal to some requirement; proportionate, or correspondent; fully sufficient
  • transitive v. To equalize; to make adequate.
  • transitive v. To equal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Equal to requirement or occasion; commensurate; fully sufficient, suitable, or fit: as, means adequate to the object; an adequate comparison.
  • To make equal or adequate.
  • To attain equality with; equal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task
  • adj. sufficient for the purpose
  • adj. about average; acceptable

Etymologies

Latin adaequātus, past participle of adaequāre, to equalize : ad-, ad- + aequāre, to make equal, from aequus, equal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin adaequatus, past participle of adaequare ("to make equal to"); ad + aequare ("to make equal"), aequus ("equal"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Though La Caixa already has 5,400 branches across Spain—more than any other bank—Mr. Nin would like to reach 6,000, which he describes as an "adequate number."

    Dealing With an Ailing Sector

  • Fenty's plan was designed in part to address recent criticism from special education parents who have expressed alarm at District attempts to "reintegrate" private school students without what they describe as adequate advance notice or careful consideration of their needs.

    Fenty outlines plans to cut special-ed costs and return students to public schools

  • Fenty's plan was designed in part to address recent criticism from special education parents who have expressed alarm at District attempts to 'reintegrate' private school students without what they describe as adequate advance notice or careful consideration of their needs. ...

    DeMorning DeBonis: July 2, 2010

  • The government, meanwhile, said it put in place what it called adequate security measures for the protests, the state Herald newspaper reported Tuesday.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • CHANCE: Well, we've had some quotes coming through to us on the Russian Interfax news agency from a top security official here in Moscow, saying that they now are actively considering the possibility of using what they call adequate action to bring to an end this hostage crisis.

    CNN Transcript Oct 25, 2002

  • “An adequate first attempt,” Madame Malisorf declared, stressing the word adequate.

    Butterfly

  • So the key to "adequate" is how well are the kids learning.

    Sound Politics: "Ample provision" is a function of both funding and expenses

  • Thus in articulating an interpretation, or set of interpretations of the term adequate to frame theoretical issues, we cannot simply describe how it is currently employed ” we must assign it a more definite and coherent meaning than extant in common usage (Block 1995, 2002).

    Consciousness and Intentionality

  • But it is essential that these jobs are supplied in adequate numbers by the public sector if and when the private sector fails to do so.

    Pavlina R. Tcherneva: Women Want Jobs, Not Handouts

  • There was no other choice, Sarkozy and his ministers explained, if the retirement system is to retain adequate resources to serve the country's aging population.

    France in turmoil as nationwide strike over pension reform stretches on

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