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Adequacy is a member of the word family adequate, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

Definition of the noun adequacy

What does adequacy mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: adequacies

  1. the quality of being able to meet a need satisfactorily:
    • example: he questioned the adequacy of the usual sentimental interpretation of the Golden Rule
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of adequacy: adequateness
    • antonym of adequacy: inadequacy
    • more generic word: satisfactoriness = the quality of giving satisfaction sufficient to meet a demand or requirement
    • attributes:
      • adequate / equal = having the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task
      • inadequate / unequal = lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task
  2. the quality of being sufficient for the end in view
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of adequacy: sufficiency
    • antonym of adequacy: inadequacy
    • more generic word: quality = an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
    • more specific word: ampleness = the property of being more than sufficient
    • attributes:

Alternative definition of the noun adequacy


  1. The quality of being sufficient, adequate or able to meet the needs.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for adequacy

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Google previewThe Interface between Scientific and Technical Translation Studies and Cognitive Linguistics (2015)

With Particular Emphasis on Explicitation and Implicitation as Indicators of Translational Text-Context Interaction by Ralph Krüger

Adequacy is a central notion of skopos theory, and its incorporation into the equivalence model above (although in a...

Google previewInternational Perspectives on Maps and the Internet (2008)

by Michael P. Peterson

Inferential adequacy refers to the degree in which the computational inference algorithm (e.g. constraint satisfaction, theorem proving, etc.) conforms to the human mental reasoning process. In an operational point of view, to evaluate and ...

Google previewSpecification and Analysis of Concurrent Systems (2012)

The COSY Approach by Ryszard Janicki, Peter E. Lauer

Adequacy is a property of behaviours generated by path ... Intuitively, adequacy means that in any system configuration there must be no event which is prevented from ever occurring again. In the case of nets, the ...

Google previewReflection Without Rules (2001)

Economic Methodology and Contemporary Science Theory by D. Wade Hands

Empirical adequacy is a purely descriptive characteristic of a scientific theory; a theory is empirically adequate if "what it says...

Google previewIrrigation System Performance Assessment and Diagnosis (1993)

Adequacy is a measure of the to which water deliveries meet soil-plant -water requirements.

to equate equity with equality by assuming that satisfying adequacy is the overriding water delivery objective, and that water demand can ...

Google previewOxford Textbook of Clinical Nephrology (2015)

by Neil Turner, David Goldsmith, Christopher Winearls, Nobert Lamiere, Jonathan Himmelfarb, Giuseppe Remuzzi

Dialysis adequacy is a term used to describe how well any dialysis therapy effectively mitigates some of the uraemic...

Google previewEvolutionary Systems (2013)

Biological and Epistemological Perspectives on Selection and Self-Organization by G. Vijver, Stanley N. Salthe, M. Delpos

Adequacy means here: the chosen system description is adequate to the user of the description if it is more economic than others. Less variables or less complicated relations between the variables may serve the same purpose (for instance ...

Google previewHumour: A Very Short Introduction (2014)

by Noël Carroll

Thus, one factor that needs to be added to perceived incongruity in order for the incongruity theory to approach adequacy is the recognition that for comic amusement to take off, it must occur in a context from which fear for ourselves and those ...

Google previewSuccessful Aging and Adaptation with Chronic Diseases (2003)

by Betsy M. Sprouse, PhD, Sarah H. Gueldner, DSN, RN, FAAN, FGSA, FNAP, FAGHE, Leonard W. Poon, PhD, DPhil

Adequacy refers to the quantity and quality of the data produced. Careful consideration of each of these principles minimizes sampling ...

Google previewSpinoza and the Sciences (2012)

by Marjorie Grene, Debra Nails

It states a necessary condition — truth refers to the extrinsic relation of thought to extension, whereas adequacy refers to the intrinsic relation of ideas to other ideas (Ethics II, Definition 4, Explanation; Letter LX to von Tschirnhaus, Gebhardt IV, ...

Google previewProgram Development and Evaluation in Prevention (2012)

by Robert K. Conyne

Adequacy is a strength–weakness criterion. A program or intervention needs to contain sufficient dosage and potency to produce the desired effect. The “ Goldilocks Rule” applies, so that neither too much nor too little of a program is needed, ...

Google previewMaintaining Water Quality in Finished Water Storage Facilities (1999)

by Gregory J. Kirmeyer

Three distribution system performance criteria were recommended: adequacy, dependability, and efficiency. Adequacy refers to the delivery of an acceptable quantity and quality of water to the customer. Dependability measures the ability of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance (2014)

by Dominic J. Brewer, Lawrence O. Picus

Adequacy. Thecentral question of education finance—how much fundingis enough —is acomplex one, because it relies on reaching agreementon what the school system should achieve. If we define the goalas providingan adequate level ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Grammatical Terms in Linguistics (2013)

by R.L. Trask

adequacy, levels of /' eed1kw9si/ n.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of United States Supreme Court Reports (1910)

Being a Complete Encyclopedia of All the Case Law of the Federal Supreme Court Up to and Including Volume 206 U.S. Supreme Court Reports (book 51 Lawyers' Edition)

ADEQUAcy of PRICE.—Where a sale is made under a deed of trust and the price which the property brings is grossly inadequate, this fact alone will not constitute a sufficient reason to impeach the genuineness or validity of the Sale.56 13.

Google previewThe Routledge Encyclopedia of Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (2016)

by A. Mehdi Riazi

Analytic adequacy See also → dependent variable, hypotheses, independent variables, parametric tests, population, sampling error, SPSS, t-test, variables Analytic adequacy Objective or analytic adequacy refers to the appropriateness and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, First Edition (2005)

by Khosrow-Pour, Mehdi

Adequacy between the learning paradigm embedded within the learning program and ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society (2015)

by Frederick F. Wherry, Juliet B. Schor, Consulting Editor

From Input Equity to Output Equity (Adequacy) Horizontal and vertical equity both belong to input equity since the evaluation is focused on the distribution of input ( funding). Since the 1990s (especially after the 1989 lawsuit Rose v. Council for ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration (2006)

by Fenwick W. English

Thus, we see a shift from “equity” to “adequacy” of funding in public schools in yet another state. More than 30 state systems for financing education have been challenged over the past 20 years. An overwhelming majority of states have been ...

Google previewDictionary of Translation Studies (2014)

by Mark Shuttleworth, Moira Cowie

Adequacy 1 A term used by some commentators on translation to discuss the nature of the relationship between ST and TT. However, even where it does occur there is little agreement over ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy: Entries A-F (2001)

by R. J. Barry Jones

capital adequacy standards Further reading Harvey, D. (1999) The Limits to Capital.

Google previewThe Norton Dictionary of Modern Thought (1999)

by Alan Bullock

adequacy. A term used in generative grammar as a criterion of the extent to which the goals of linguistic theory have been achieved. Three levels of ...

Google previewPolitical Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions (2008)

by Donald P. Haider-Markel

adequacy, or “costing out,” and productivity, which refers to the linkage between the level and use of educational revenues and student achievement. Approaches for dealing with equity concerns are operational in most states. Foundation ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy (2002)

by R. J. Barry Jones

adequacy. standards. Capital adequacy standards are a method of regulating financial firms. Internationally, these have primarily...

Efforts to develop capital adequacy standards for securities firms at the International Organization of Securities ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of the Linguistic Sciences (2008)

Issues and Theories by Vennelakaṇṭi Prakāśaṃ

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Adequacy is sufficient. (Adam Osborne)
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Scrabble value of A1D2E1Q10U1A1C3Y4

The value of this 8-letter word is 23 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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