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English adjective: inadequate

1. inadequate lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task

SamplesInadequate training.
The staff was inadequate.
She was unequal to the task.


Similardeficient, incapable, incompetent, lacking, short-handed, short-staffed, undermanned, understaffed, unequal to, wanting

See alsounsatisfactory

Attributeadequacy, adequateness

Antonymsadequate, equal

2. inadequate not sufficient to meet a need

SamplesAn inadequate income.
A poor salary.
Money is short.
On short rations.
Food is in short supply.
Short on experience.

Synonymspoor, short

Similardeficient, insufficient


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