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Definition of the adjective adequate

What does adequate mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. having the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task
  2. sufficient for the purpose
    • examples: an adequate income | the food was adequate
    • synonym of adequate: enough
    • similar: sufficient
  3. about average; acceptable

Alternative definition of the adjective adequate


  1. Equal to some requirement; proportionate, or correspondent; fully sufficient; as, powers adequate to a great work; an adequate definition lawfully and physically sufficient.


"Adequate" is a composition.

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Google previewCulture and Neighbourhoods (1995)

by Council of Europe. Council for Cultural Co-operation

Being adequate means being perceived as well-suited both to the existing situation and to the social project concerning the city and the neighbourhood. Cultural places must be appropriate to host and to support new forms of neighbourhood ...

Google previewHandbook on the Experience Economy (2013)

by Jon Sundbo, Flemming SËrensen

being adequate means that a certain endowment has to be present and a certain effort has to be made to grasp the experience in full. 'Some people are incapable of grasping and appreciating a given piece of music, not because they are ...

Google previewInternational Human Rights Lexicon (2005)

by Susan Marks, Andrew Clapham

adequacy of housing, protection of the right to personal security and physical integrity is likewise decisive for access to adequate housing, especially for women and children. This obviously requires protection againstthreats tothese rights not ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Pleading and Practice (1902)

Under the Codes and Practice Acts, at Common Law, in Equity and in Criminal Cases

ADEQUATE REMEDY AT LAW. - The jurisdiction of a court of equity to enforce trusts is not taken away by the fact that a party has a remedy at law,l especially where the person seeking relief is entitled to a discovery, or where the trustee is ...

Google previewFowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2015)

by Fellow of the British Academy and Senior Research Fellow Jeremy Butterfield, Jeremy Butterfield

adequate. 1 In its meaning ' proportionate ...

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There is nothing more demoralizing than a small but adequate income. (Edmund Wilson)
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Scrabble value of A1D2E1Q10U1A1T1E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 18 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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