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

  • n. The condition or quality of being sufficient.
  • n. An adequate amount or quantity.
  • n. Adequate means to live in modest comfort.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Quality or condition of being sufficient.
  • n. An adequate amount.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being sufficient, or adequate to the end proposed; adequacy.
  • n. Qualification for any purpose; ability; capacity.
  • n. Adequate substance or means; competence.
  • n. Supply equal to wants; ample stock or fund.
  • n. Conceit; self-confidence; self-sufficiency.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being sufficient; adequacy.
  • n. Qualification for any purpose; ability; capacity; efficiency.
  • n. Adequate substance or means; enough; abundance; competence; especially, supply equal to wants; ample stock or fund.
  • n. Conceit; self-confidence; self-sufficiency.

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

  • n. an adequate quantity; a quantity that is large enough to achieve a purpose
  • n. the quality of being sufficient for the end in view
  • n. sufficient resources to provide comfort and meet obligations

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