[ US /ˌɪˈnædəˌkweɪt, ˌɪˈnædəkwət/ ]
[ UK /ɪnˈædɪkwət/ ]
  1. of insufficient quantity to meet a need
    short on experience
    money is short
    food is in short supply
    on short rations
    an inadequate income
    the jejune diets of the very poor
    a poor salary
  2. lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task
    she was unequal to the task
    inadequate training
    the staff was inadequate
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How To Use inadequate In A Sentence

  • Other former captives spoke of pathetically inadequate food rations.
  • Public expenditure on the arts is woefully inadequate.
  • One in 10 asthma deaths in Scotland is due to inadequate treatment and widespread ignorance of the condition among health staff, a damning new report has revealed.
  • Many AIDS activists have opposed home test kits, because they feared people would receive inadequate counseling.
  • That doesn't seem to ruffle the feathers of the American consciousness or make them feel inadequate.
  • The F-22's "supercruise," that is, its ability to cruise supersonically, is unusably short in duration due to inadequate onboard fuel capacity -- so short that current Air Force training missions to exercise supercruising combat actually schedule one tanker refueling just before going supersonic and one more refueling before going home subsonically. The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com
  • Roland, Gabriel and I had been prepared for this battle, but still we were inadequate.
  • This is a key aspect of the refugee question which has so far received inadequate attention.
  • The present situation, of periodical outbursts in the press, is an inadequate way of fostering good relationships with the Asian community and does not encourage change and communal harmony.
  • Dealing only with conscious feelings or cognitions may be an inadequate approach to changing feelings or behaviors in the long term.
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