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  • adj. having the requisite qualities for


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  • Meantime, during the apperceptive delay, the energy spills over into less appropriate neurograms, albeit they are more quickly mobilized, with the result of evoking bizarre imagery; what I have called trial apperceptions. 36 Sometimes, too, this is adequate to meet the situation; for the resolution of the unadjusted is complete so soon as the stimulus is drained off, re-distributed and dynamically absorbed, as in the case of mechanical "lost motion."

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • Their decision was based on the report of their Technical Commission, which said that seventy-two hours was adequate to make good the damage.

    Graf Spee

  • The butchery to the woman's face, done after death, suggested a desire to annihilate Carolyn Van Slyke as a person, hatred so great that merely taking her life was not adequate to slake it.

    Blood Lure

  • CTM was essentially run like a family business, and the systems which were adequate to manage the one-man show of the mid-and late seventies could not handle the needs when sales exploded.

    Strategic Management in Developing Countries Case Studies

  • Before this time, he had taken up a thoroughly agnostic attitude with regard to the species question, for he could not accept the creational theory, yet sought in vain among the transmutationists for any cause adequate to produce transmutation.

    The Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley

  • Mr ABDUL-ALI quarrels with the term "analogy," and, if it is held to imply any merely superficial resemblance, it certainly is not adequate to my own needs, though I know not what other word to use.

    Bygone Beliefs

  • Lee decided to attack at Reams's Station in numbers adequate to the task.


  • He called persistently for reinforcements, remaining inactive meanwhile, because he estimated the Confederate army before him at two hundred thousand men, and was unwilling to assail this force, under command of soldiers like Johnston and Lee, until his own force seemed adequate to the undertaking.

    A Life of Gen Robert E Lee

  • He also grumbled that if a third battle cruiser had to go, Fisher should have taken the older, 12-inch-gun New Zealand instead of the 13. 5-inch-gun Princess Royal because New Zealand was adequate to deal with Spee and more economical in her consumption of coal.

    Castles of Steel

  • If we can keep at peace eight years longer, our income, liberated from debt, will be adequate to any war, without new taxes or loans, and our position and increasing strength put us hors d'insulte from any nation.



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