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Definition of adequate adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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 enough in quantity, or good enough in quality, for a particular purpose or need an adequate supply of hot water The room was small but adequate. There is a lack of adequate access for disabled students. He didn't give an adequate answer to the question. adequate for something The space available is not adequate for our needs. adequate to do something training that is adequate to meet the future needs of the industry opposite inadequate
noun [uncountable] The adequacy of the security arrangements has been questioned. opposite inadequacy
 adequately adverb
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Are you adequately insured? opposite inadequate
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: adequate