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English noun: inadequacy

1. inadequacy (attribute) lack of an adequate quantity or number

SamplesThe inadequacy of unemployment benefits.

Synonymsdeficiency, insufficiency

Broader (hypernym)amount

Narrower (hyponym)deficit, exiguity, leanness, meagerness, meagreness, poorness, scantiness, scantness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, shortfall, slenderness

Antonymsadequacy, sufficiency

2. inadequacy (state) a lack of competence

SamplesPointed out the insufficiencies in my report.
Juvenile offenses often reflect an inadequacy in the parents.


Broader (hypernym)failing, weakness

3. inadequacy (attribute) unsatisfactoriness by virtue of being inadequate


Broader (hypernym)unsatisfactoriness

Antonymsadequacy, adequateness

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