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English adjective: adequate

1. adequate having the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task

SamplesShe had adequate training.
Her training was adequate.
She was adequate to the job.
He was equal to the task.


Similaradequate to, capable, competent, equal to, up to

See alsosatisfactory

Attributeadequacy, adequateness

Antonymsinadequate, unequal

2. adequate sufficient for the purpose

SamplesAn adequate income.
The food was adequate.
A decent wage.
Enough food.
Food enough.

Synonymsdecent, enough


Antonymsinsufficient, deficient

3. adequate about average; acceptable

SamplesMore than adequate as a secretary.

Synonymsfair to middling, passable, tolerable



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