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3 definitions found
 for inadequate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Inadequate \In*ad"e*quate\, a. [Pref. in- not + adequate: cf. F.
     inad['e]quat.]
     Not adequate; unequal to the purpose; insufficient;
     deficient; as, inadequate resources, power, conceptions,
     representations, etc. --Dryden. -- In*ad"e*quate*ly, adv.
     -- In*ad"e*quate*ness, n.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  inadequate
      adj 1: lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a
             task; "inadequate training"; "the staff was inadequate";
             "she was unequal to the task" [syn: inadequate,
             unequal] [ant: adequate, equal]
      2: not sufficient to meet a need; "an inadequate income"; "a
         poor salary"; "money is short"; "on short rations"; "food is
         in short supply"; "short on experience" [syn: inadequate,
         poor, short]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  144 Moby Thesaurus words for "inadequate":
     adulterated, arrested, asymmetric, barren, base, blemished,
     bootless, callow, counterproductive, damaged, defective, deficient,
     disappointing, disheartening, disparate, displeasing,
     disproportionate, dissatisfactory, effete, emasculate, embryonic,
     empty, erroneous, etiolated, failing, fallible, fatuitous, fatuous,
     faulty, feckless, forceless, found wanting, fruitless, futile,
     half-assed, hypoplastic, ill-matched, ill-qualified, ill-sorted,
     immature, impaired, imperfect, impotent, imprecise, impure,
     in arrear, in arrears, in default, in short supply, inaccurate,
     inane, inappreciable, incapable, incommensurate, incompetent,
     incomplete, inconsiderable, ineffective, ineffectual,
     inefficacious, inexact, infant, inferior, inoperative,
     insufficient, invalid, invertebrate, irregular, lacking, little,
     makeshift, maladjusted, maladroit, mean, mediocre, minus,
     mismatched, missing, mixed, needing, not comparable, not enough,
     not equal to, not good enough, not in it, not perfect, not up to,
     nugacious, nugatory, odd, of no force, off, out of it,
     out of proportion, part, partial, patchy, petty, scant, scanty,
     scarce, scrappy, scrimpy, shabby, short, short of, shy, sketchy,
     skew, skewed, skimpy, small, spineless, sterile, too little,
     trivial, unable, unadapted, unadjusted, unavailing, underdeveloped,
     undeveloped, unequal, unequal to, unequipped, uneven, unfinished,
     unfit, unfitted, unfulfilling, ungratifying, unperfected,
     unqualified, unreached, unsatisfactory, unsatisfying, unskillful,
     unsound, unsufficing, unthorough, useless, vain, wanting, weak
  
  

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