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

Definitions of adequately word

  • adjective adequately 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 adequately barely sufficient or suitable: Being adequate is not good enough. 1
  • adjective adequately Law. reasonably sufficient for starting legal action: adequate grounds. 1
  • noun adequately In an adequate manner. 1
  • adverb adequately sufficiently 1
  • adverb adequately well enough 1

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Origin of adequately

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 Adequately


adequately 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".

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Synonyms for adequately

adv adequately

  • sufficiently — adequate for the purpose; enough: sufficient proof; sufficient protection.
  • competently — having suitable or sufficient skill, knowledge, experience, etc., for some purpose; properly qualified: He is perfectly competent to manage the bank branch.
  • satisfactorily — giving or affording satisfaction; fulfilling all demands or requirements: a satisfactory solution.
  • appropriately — suitable or fitting for a particular purpose, person, occasion, etc.: an appropriate example; an appropriate dress.
  • abundantly — If something is abundantly clear, it is extremely obvious.

adjective adequately

  • pretty — pleasing or attractive to the eye, as by delicacy or gracefulness: a pretty face.
  • rather — in a measure; to a certain extent; somewhat: rather good.

adverb adequately

  • passably — fairly; moderately: a passably good novel.
  • effectively — adequate to accomplish a purpose; producing the intended or expected result: effective teaching methods; effective steps toward peace.
  • amply — more than sufficiently; fully; generously

Antonyms for adequately

adv adequately

  • inadequately — not adequate or sufficient; inept or unsuitable.
  • insufficiently — not sufficient; lacking in what is necessary or required: an insufficient answer.
  • unequally — not equal; not of the same quantity, quality, value, rank, ability, etc.: People are unequal in their capacities.
  • unsatisfactory — not satisfactory; not satisfying or meeting one's demands; inadequate.
  • unsuitable — not suitable; inappropriate; unfitting; unbecoming.

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