from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality or condition of being inadequate.
  • noun An instance of being inadequate; a failing or lack.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being inadequate, insufficient, or disproportionate; incompleteness; defectiveness.

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

  • noun The quality or state of being inadequate or insufficient; defectiveness; insufficiency; inadequateness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the state of being inadequate
  • noun a shortage of required material
  • noun a lack of competence or ability

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

  • noun lack of an adequate quantity or number
  • noun a lack of competence
  • noun unsatisfactoriness by virtue of being inadequate


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