Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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

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

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

Etymologies

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adequate +‎ -ness

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

  • 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 Encyclopædists (Vol 1 of 2)

  • 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

  • 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

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