Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being adequate or of meeting needs or expectations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being adequate; suitableness; sufficiency; adequacy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being adequate; justness of adaptation; sufficiency; adequacy.

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

  • n. the quality of being able to meet a need satisfactorily:

Etymologies

adequate +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Briefly stated, these are: the wholesomeness of the water, the adequateness and steadiness of the supply, its availability under a sufficient pressure, insuring a good flow, and the legal restrictions with which many water-supply problems are surrounded.

    The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)

  • In maturity of development, in intellectual force, in beauty of expression, and in general adequateness, _De los nombres de Cristo_ exhibits Luis de

    Fray Luis de León A Biographical Fragment

  • In maturity of development, in intellectual force, in beauty of expression, and in general adequateness, De los nombres de Cristo exhibits Luis de Leon's prose at its culmination.

    Fray Luis de Leon

  • We need not here discuss the philosophical truth or adequateness of these ways of considering the origin and nature of knowledge, or the composition of human character.

    Diderot and the Encyclopaedists

  • This wide range of variability between definite limits is coupled with a high degree of sensibility and adequateness to the most diverging experiments.

    Species and Varieties, Their Origin by Mutation

  • Literary romanticism, of which Chateaubriand and Madame de Stael were the harbingers, owed its existence to a longing for a greater fulness of thought, a greater intenseness of feeling, a greater appropriateness and adequateness of expression, and, above all, a greater truth to life and nature.

    Frederic Chopin as a Man and Musician

  • This is not a proper occasion for saying anything about the adequateness of the catholic, or any other special manner of fostering and solacing the religious impulses of men.

    On Compromise

  • Her productions generally were distinguished for clear and rapid thought, a logical method, natural and effective expression, a regard for the matter rather than the manner, embodying withal, that unstudied perfect adequateness of the word to the idea, which of itself constitutes one of the high graces of style.

    The Woman's Advocate Vol. III No. II February, 1870

  • When they have named certain advantages which a given course of study has secured them, persons are apt to assume that they have justified themselves; quite forgetting that the adequateness of the advantages is the point to be judged.

    Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects Everyman's Library

  • But you must please here observe that while my first diagram did with some adequateness represent to you the color facts there spoken of, the present diagram can only _explain_, not reproduce them.

    The Storm-Cloud of the Nineteenth Century Two Lectures delivered at the London Institution February 4th and 11th, 1884

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