Definition of adequate in English:



  • Satisfactory or acceptable in quality or quantity.

    ‘this office is perfectly adequate for my needs’
    ‘adequate resources and funding’
    • ‘Have you got adequate measures in place for you and your employees to deal with the heat?’
    • ‘Many villagers had also felt that the proposal did not offer adequate parking.’
    • ‘These boys are not brought up with an adequate amount of respect for the opposite sex.’
    • ‘The strike date is set for later this month to allow adequate time for negotiations early in the New Year.’
    • ‘The main drain isn't adequate to take away waste water from the fishmongers' kiosks.’
    • ‘It also requires there to be adequate legroom for workers to work comfortably.’
    • ‘Allocation of adequate resources for research in these fields is highly desirable.’
    • ‘The infrastructure is not adequate to take the amount of traffic there is now.’
    • ‘The wine list is adequate, but it is probably best to avoid those from the castle's own vineyard.’
    • ‘The argument was that the Judge had not given adequate reasons for his adverse findings.’
    • ‘If you only go abroad once a year then a single-trip policy should be adequate.’
    • ‘Students heading off to university are being urged to check they have adequate insurance.’
    • ‘They point to figures that show current oil supplies are more than adequate to satisfy demand.’
    • ‘The band simply didn't have the time or resources to find an adequate replacement for Frank.’
    • ‘He does not consider this to be an adequate reason for not claiming asylum on arrival at the airport.’
    • ‘We concentrated on the failure of the trust to give the school fair treatment and adequate support.’
    • ‘There were two car-parking spots for each dwelling and he thought access was adequate.’
    • ‘In some cases this is adequate, but in others it may be far from acceptable image quality.’
    • ‘To build up a fund large enough to buy an adequate pension, it is important to start saving as soon as possible.’
    • ‘They should supply us with adequate refuse and recycling units, then many would recycle.’
    sufficient, enough, ample, requisite, apposite, appropriate, suitable
    acceptable, passable, reasonable, satisfactory, tolerable, fair, fairly good, pretty good, goodish, middle-of-the-road, mediocre, unexceptional, unexceptionable, undistinguished, unremarkable, ordinary, commonplace, indifferent, average, not bad, all right, good enough, so-so, minimal, medium, moderate, run-of-the-mill, forgettable
    equal to, up to, capable, of, suited to, suitable for, able to do, qualified for, fit for, good enough for, sufficient for
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Early 17th century: from Latin adaequatus ‘made equal to’, past participle of the verb adaequare, from ad- ‘to’ + aequus ‘equal’.