from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being inadequate.
- n. An instance of being inadequate; a failing or lack.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the state of being inadequate
- n. a shortage of required material
- n. a lack of competence or ability
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being inadequate or insufficient; defectiveness; insufficiency; inadequateness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being inadequate, insufficient, or disproportionate; incompleteness; defectiveness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. lack of an adequate quantity or number
- n. a lack of competence
- n. unsatisfactoriness by virtue of being inadequate
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Finally, he spoke to what he described as the inadequacy of the police pension system, which denies benefits to survivors if their loved one has not served at least 10 years.
Whether personal inadequacy is a defence, I really could not say.
Are you trying to project your own insecurities onto others because the fear of your own inadequacy is so great?
If you get, in public affairs, men who are so morally impoverished that they have nothing they can contribute themselves, but who hope to snatch some compensation for their own inadequacy from a political career, there can never be good government.
As Heidegger points out, the unknowability that informs this sense of inadequacy is only tenable if the existence of the Idea is not distinguished from our experience of nature: to say that the thing-in-itself is not knowable if it is an object is not to say that it is an object.
Added to this was the international experience regarding the long-term inadequacy of traditional law enforcement responses to such crime over the past decade.
[Page 373] for this, often results in inadequacy in practical life, in that lack of poise which causes so many individuals to waste their energies in purposeless effort.
The ’superior’ attitude tells a great deal: inadequacy is rampant in the ‘dr’.
Henry VII: that is, the inadequacy of the ordinary law.
One source of her inadequacy is the novelty of the occasion.
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