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

  • adj. Not adequate to fulfill a need or meet a requirement; insufficient.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not adequate; unequal to the purpose; insufficient; deficient; as, inadequate resources, power, conceptions, representations, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not adequate; unequal to the purpose; insufficient; deficient

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not adequate; not equal to requirement; insufficient to effect the end desired; incomplete; disproportionate; defective.
  • Synonyms Incommensurate, incompetent.

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

  • adj. lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task
  • adj. not sufficient to meet a need


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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  • CHICAGO—United Airlines pilots, still simmering over what they call "inadequate" training and "compromised safety" stemming from United's 2010 merger with Continental Airlines, have ratcheted up their pressure on the carrier by circulating to members of Congress a highly critical 101-page report by their union.

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  • These included what it described as inadequate funding for security structures and an overburdened criminal justice system.

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  • CNN -- Connecticut's governor has asked state prosecutors to join a review of what he called the "inadequate" response by the state's largest utility to last week's snowstorm.

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  • *sigh* My life is inadequate

    August 8, 2012

  • Seinfeld did a whole bit on the growing "fear of success" in society. Deep down, I think we all long to be in the upper middle strata of society.

    December 11, 2007

  • Beautifully said.

    December 10, 2007

  • "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

    Our deepest fear is that we are powerful

    beyond measure.

    It is our light not our darkness that most

    frightens us.

    We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant,

    gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

    Actually, who are you not to be?"

    - Marianne Williamson.

    December 10, 2007