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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.


Synonymsinsufficiency


Broader (hypernym)failing, weakness

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


Synonymsinadequateness


Broader (hypernym)unsatisfactoriness


Antonymsadequacy, adequateness









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