AskDefine | Define adequate

Dictionary Definition

adequate adj
1 (sometimes followed by `to') meeting the requirements especially of a task; "she had adequate training"; "her training was adequate"; "she was adequate to the job" [ant: inadequate]
2 enough to meet a purpose; "an adequate income"; "the food was adequate"; "a decent wage"; "enough food"; "food enough" [syn: decent, enough]
3 about average; acceptable; "more than adequate as a secretary" [syn: passable, fair to middling]

User Contributed Dictionary



adaequatus, p. p. of adaequare to make equal to; ad + aequare to make equal, aequus equal.


IPA: WEAE /ˈæd.ʌ.kwɪt/


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



  • All day, as I drove upon my round, I turned over the case in my mind and found no explanation which appeared to me to be adequate. —Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Adventure of the Empty House


Extensive Definition

Adaptation may refer to In the arts
adequate in German: Anpassung
adequate in Spanish: Adaptación
adequate in French: Adaptation
adequate in Galician: Adaptación
adequate in Polish: Adaptacja
adequate in Portuguese: Adaptação
adequate in Russian: Адаптация
adequate in Slovak: Adaptácia

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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