Definition of adequate in English:



  • Satisfactory or acceptable in quality or quantity.

    ‘this office is perfectly adequate for my needs’
    ‘adequate resources and funding’
    ‘the law is adequate to deal with the problem’
    • ‘To build up a fund large enough to buy an adequate pension, it is important to start saving as soon as possible.’
    • ‘These boys are not brought up with an adequate amount of respect for the opposite sex.’
    • ‘It also requires there to be adequate legroom for workers to work comfortably.’
    • ‘There were two car-parking spots for each dwelling and he thought access was adequate.’
    • ‘Students heading off to university are being urged to check they have adequate insurance.’
    • ‘The main drain isn't adequate to take away waste water from the fishmongers' kiosks.’
    • ‘We concentrated on the failure of the trust to give the school fair treatment and adequate support.’
    • ‘The wine list is adequate, but it is probably best to avoid those from the castle's own vineyard.’
    • ‘In some cases this is adequate, but in others it may be far from acceptable image quality.’
    • ‘He does not consider this to be an adequate reason for not claiming asylum on arrival at the airport.’
    • ‘Many villagers had also felt that the proposal did not offer adequate parking.’
    • ‘They should supply us with adequate refuse and recycling units, then many would recycle.’
    • ‘Allocation of adequate resources for research in these fields is highly desirable.’
    • ‘The argument was that the Judge had not given adequate reasons for his adverse findings.’
    • ‘The infrastructure is not adequate to take the amount of traffic there is now.’
    • ‘They point to figures that show current oil supplies are more than adequate to satisfy demand.’
    • ‘Have you got adequate measures in place for you and your employees to deal with the heat?’
    • ‘The band simply didn't have the time or resources to find an adequate replacement for Frank.’
    • ‘The strike date is set for later this month to allow adequate time for negotiations early in the New Year.’
    • ‘If you only go abroad once a year then a single-trip policy should be adequate.’
    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’.