Definition of inadequate in English:



  • 1Lacking the quality or quantity required; insufficient for a purpose.

    ‘these labels prove to be wholly inadequate’
    ‘inadequate funding’
    • ‘Whatever plans that were in place to deal with such a natural disaster have proven inadequate.’
    • ‘This has resulted in people having to drive there and try to leave their vehicles in a totally inadequate parking area.’
    • ‘We accused her of giving inadequate funding to our schools but when we requested an interview she declined.’
    • ‘In the light of the potential challenge, this is an inadequate response.’
    • ‘My Italian was too inadequate to thank her properly yet I owe her a great and undeclared debt.’
    • ‘Most burn centres are situated in large cities and are inadequate for the high incidence of injuries.’
    • ‘He claims parking facilities are inadequate and signposting of wards is poor.’
    • ‘The National Assembly's system of passing legislation has proved inadequate.’
    • ‘The security procedure at St Augustine's clearly is inadequate and must be improved urgently.’
    • ‘We all know that the state pension is probably inadequate for most working people.’
    • ‘Governmental oversight of the private operation has been regularly criticised as inadequate.’
    • ‘Safety precautions were inadequate on a building site where a joiner fell eight feet and broke his back.’
    • ‘However the quality of the studies was inadequate and more research is needed.’
    • ‘He said government funding was inadequate and had failed to keep up with rising costs.’
    • ‘Evidence also exists that the quality of such care in hospitals and general practices is inadequate.’
    • ‘Those children that are taken into care join a system that is inadequate to meet their needs.’
    • ‘They said the new homes would overlook existing homes, and complained there was inadequate parking.’
    • ‘This was followed by inadequate nursing care, long waiting times and poor communication.’
    • ‘They may be applying diplomatic pressure behind the scenes, but there comes a time when that is inadequate.’
    • ‘The system appears to be inadequate for the present requirements of the village.’
    insufficient, not enough, deficient, poor, scant, scanty, scarce, sparse, too little, too few, short, in short supply
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) unable to deal with a situation or with life.
      ‘a sad, solitary, inadequate man’
      ‘I felt like a fraud, inadequate to the task’
      • ‘The power to make and break little lives can sometimes make people feel inadequate and uncomfortable.’
      • ‘Valentine's day may be a conspiracy to make single people feel inadequate.’
      • ‘Roland, Gabriel and I had been prepared for this battle, but still we were inadequate.’
      • ‘At the same time, he felt inadequate to the task of measuring up to either parent's expectations.’
      incompetent, incapable, unsatisfactory, not good enough, no good, found wanting, not up to scratch, lacking, leaving much to be desired, unfit, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficient, unskilful, inexpert, inept, unproficient, amateurish, substandard, poor, bad, hopeless, useless, inferior
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