Definition of inadequacy in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The state or quality of being inadequate; lack of the quantity or quality required.

    ‘the inadequacy of available resources’
    [count noun] ‘the inadequacies of the present system’
    • ‘Government is committed to removing the inadequacies in infrastructure facilities through a mix of policy and fiscal measures.’
    • ‘Several studies have shown the inadequacy of the 15-minute office visit in providing patients adequate information.’
    • ‘The inadequacy of the material is not in itself a ground for prohibition.’
    • ‘And the inadequacies in the laws themselves are a third impediment to justice.’
    • ‘The successfully treated seriously ill are also affected by these service inadequacies.’
    • ‘But the greatest single cause of the Voronezh disaster was undoubtedly the inadequacy of Hungarian equipment.’
    • ‘Even so, Barker sees decided inadequacies in the performance of this crucial figure.’
    • ‘The Civil War had demonstrated the inadequacy of the old coastal forts.’
    • ‘The cause of famine, consequently, is not an inadequacy of food.’
    • ‘The inadequacy of the insulation may have caused condensation, giving rise to a risk of further outbreaks of dry rot.’
    • ‘The heuristic inadequacy of contemporary Marxism is contained in these two sentences.’
    • ‘This inadequacy in the analysis reflected the inadequacy in the theory.’
    • ‘Its financial inadequacies are all the more reason for the MIA to add some creative flair to its image.’
    • ‘More demanding tasks can soon show the inadequacy of low amounts of RAM.’
    • ‘History has, yet again, proven the inadequacies of this analysis.’
    • ‘A further consequence of the strength of conservative morality is the inadequacy of sex education.’
    • ‘The inadequacies of observation in our field are well-known.’
    • ‘We introduce this piece by underscoring the inadequacies of the myriad definitions of terrorism.’
    • ‘One of the main concerns about the plan centred on the inadequacy of the current sewage system.’
    • ‘At the same time the inadequacy of all the present radical groupings in the party was cruelly demonstrated.’
    incompetence, incapability, unfitness, ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, inefficiency, inefficacy, inexpertness, lack of skill, lack of proficiency, ineptness, uselessness, hopelessness, impotence, powerlessness
    insufficiency, deficiency, scantness, scarcity, scarceness, sparseness, dearth, paucity, poverty, shortage, want, lack, undersupply
    shortcoming, defect, fault, failing, weakness, weak point, limitation, flaw, imperfection, achilles heel
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    1. 1.1Inability to deal with a situation or with life.
      ‘her feelings of personal inadequacy’
      • ‘If it has a blemish or two - as in the contrived end - the director should be excused for very human inadequacies.’
      • ‘Distorted, slurred vocals suggest greatness without having any inadequacies exposed.’
      • ‘Many, even most, students hold personal fears of inadequacy that undermine their ability to move forward.’
      • ‘When we are confronted with massive natural disasters, our own feelings of inadequacy are almost inevitable.’
      • ‘The manner in which he mishandled the Reid situation was indicative of his inadequacies.’
      • ‘Like an avenging angel, the stranger forces the menfolk to confront their own inadequacies.’
      • ‘Scott is excellent as a victim of inadequacy, who is easily persuaded to suspend his morals.’
      • ‘Actively dispute with yourself internal messages of inadequacy.’
      • ‘There is also an element of loneliness, but again it is not based on deprivation, inadequacy or rejection.’
      • ‘We can never be perfect, so we often have a sense of failure or inadequacy no matter how well we perform.’
      • ‘Sometimes village idiots get lumped with a role much bigger than them, and try to fulfil it despite their inadequacies.’
      • ‘She turned small issues into huge problems, spent hours ruminating about perceived inadequacies, and feared rejection.’
      • ‘We must not look to blaming the referee to cover up our own inadequacies, but he had a poor game.’
      • ‘Any thoughtful president must surely have infinitely greater moments of inwardly perceived inadequacy.’
      • ‘You were simply stoic in the face of my inadequacy.’
      • ‘Was it possible this bold, confident man felt some inadequacy about his background?’
      • ‘Comparisons with other cultures need no longer engender feelings of inferiority and inadequacy.’
      • ‘It is the locus of our inadequacy; it expresses the void that it appears to fill.’
      • ‘A gaggle of girls walked past Jay tittering at his inadequacies.’
      • ‘The quick impression is of success, the full picture is of unbridled inadequacy.’