1) ADJ-GRADED If something is inadequate, there is not enough of it or it is not good enough.

Supplies of food and medicines are inadequate...

The problem goes far beyond inadequate staffing.

Derived words:
inadequately ADV-GRADED ADV with v

The projects were inadequately funded.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ If someone feels inadequate, they feel that they do not have the qualities and abilities necessary to do something or to cope with life in general.

I still feel inadequate, useless and mixed up...

Mary Ann felt painfully inadequate in the crisis.


English dictionary. 2008.


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