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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad-i-kwit]
    • /ˈæd ɪ kwɪt/
    • /ˈædɪkwət/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-i-kwit]
    • /ˈæd ɪ kwɪt/

Definitions of adequate word

  • adjective adequate If something is adequate, there is enough of it or it is good enough to be used or accepted. 3
  • adjective adequate able to fulfil a need or requirement without being abundant, outstanding, etc 3
  • adjective adequate enough or good enough for what is required or needed; sufficient; suitable 3
  • adjective adequate barely satisfactory; acceptable but not remarkable 3
  • adjective adequate as much or as good as necessary for some requirement or purpose; fully sufficient, suitable, or fit (often followed by to or for): This car is adequate to our needs. adequate food for fifty people. 1
  • adjective adequate barely sufficient or suitable: Being adequate is not good enough. 1

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Origin of adequate

First appearance:

before 1610
One of the 40% oldest English words
1610-20; < Latin adaequātus matched (past participle of adaequāre). See ad-, equal, -ate1

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Parts of speech for Adequate


adequate popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

adequate usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for adequate

adj adequate

  • satisfactory — giving or affording satisfaction; fulfilling all demands or requirements: a satisfactory solution.
  • fair — free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice: a fair decision; a fair judge.
  • capable — If a person or thing is capable of doing something, they have the ability to do it.
  • decent — Decent is used to describe something which is considered to be of an acceptable standard or quality.
  • sufficient — adequate for the purpose; enough: sufficient proof; sufficient protection.

adjective adequate

  • ample — If there is an ample amount of something, there is enough of it and usually some extra.
  • plenty — a full or abundant supply or amount: There is plenty of time.
  • able — Someone who is able is very clever or very good at doing something.

Antonyms for adequate

adj adequate

  • inadequate — not adequate or sufficient; inept or unsuitable.
  • insufficient — not sufficient; lacking in what is necessary or required: an insufficient answer.
  • unacceptable — capable or worthy of being accepted.
  • unsatisfactory — not satisfactory; not satisfying or meeting one's demands; inadequate.
  • unsuitable — not suitable; inappropriate; unfitting; unbecoming.

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