adequate


adequate
ad|e|quate
W3S3 [ˈædıkwıt] adj
[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of adaequare 'to make equal', from ad- 'to' + aequare 'to equal']
1.) enough in quantity or of a good enough quality for a particular purpose
≠ ↑inadequate
Farmers have been slow to make adequate provision for their retirement.
Some creams we tested failed to give adequate protection against UV light.
The standard of his work is barely adequate .
The company has yet to provide an adequate explanation for its actions.
adequate for
Are the parking facilities adequate for 50 cars?
adequate to do sth
The lunchtime menu is more than adequate to satisfy the biggest appetite.
2.) fairly good but not excellent
Her performance was adequate but lacked originality.
>adequately adv
She wasn't adequately insured.
>adequacy n [U]

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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