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Synonyms for adequate
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adequate, equal(adj)

    having the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task

    "she had adequate training"; "her training was adequate"; "she was adequate to the job"; "he was equal to the task"

    fair to middling, decent, passable, enough, tolerable, equal

    lacking(p), short-staffed, short-handed, unequal to(p), wanting(p), unsatisfactory, unequal, deficient, insufficient, undermanned, incompetent, understaffed, incapable, inadequate

  2. adequate, decent, enough(adj)

    sufficient for the purpose

    "an adequate income"; "the food was adequate"; "a decent wage"; "enough food"; "food enough"

    comme il faut, fair to middling, comely, tolerable, passable, becoming, equal, decorous, enough, nice, seemly, decent

    deficient, undermanned, incompetent, short-handed, insufficient, incapable, understaffed, unequal, unequal to(p), lacking(p), inadequate, short-staffed, wanting(p), unsatisfactory

  3. adequate, passable, fair to middling, tolerable(adj)

    about average; acceptable

    "more than adequate as a secretary"

    fair to middling, decent, passable, enough, tolerable, equal

    understaffed, lacking(p), short-staffed, unequal to(p), incapable, undermanned, short-handed, deficient, incompetent, insufficient, inadequate, wanting(p), unequal, unsatisfactory


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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. adequate

    Adequate, commensurate, and sufficient signify equal to some given occasion or work; as, a sum sufficient to meet expenses; an adequate remedy for the disease. Commensurate is the more precise and learned word, signifying that which exactly measures the matter in question. Adapted, fit, suitable, and qualified refer to the qualities which match or suit the occasion. A clergyman may have strength adequate to the work of a porter; but that would not be a fit or suitable occupation for him. Work is satisfactory if it satisfies those for whom it is done, though it may be very poor work judged by some higher standard. Qualified refers to acquired abilities; competent to both natural and acquired; a qualified teacher may be no longer competent, by reason of ill health. Able and capable suggest general ability and reserved power, able being the higher word of the two. An able man will do something well in any position. A capable man will come up to any ordinary demand. We say an able orator, a capable accountant.

    able, adapted, capable, commensurate, competent, equal, fit, fitted, fitting, qualified, satisfactory, sufficient, suitable

    disqualified, inadequate, incompetent, inferior, insufficient, poor, unequal, unfit, unqualified, unsatisfactory, unsuitable, useless, worthless

    Adequate to the demand; for the purpose.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. adequate

    equal, sufficient, fit, satisfactory, full, competent, capable, able

    unequal, insufficient, incompetent, inadequate

Editors Contribution

  1. good enough

    that will be adequate.

    Submitted by rinat on October 2, 2019  
  2. nuff

    Submitted by mukhtar1110omar on August 26, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. adequate(a.)

    sufficient, commensurate, proportionate, correspondent, equal, suitable, fit, competent, adapted

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. adequate(a)

    sufficient, commensurate, equal, proportionate

    inadequate, insufficient

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How to use adequate in a sentence?

  1. Dilip Shanghvi:

    Whether the remediation commitments we made are adequate, whether we need to do more ... these are issues we need to assess and understand and probably consult with additional subject matter experts.

  2. Anna Slomovic:

    I don't think the privacy rules are anywhere close to adequate.

  3. Jason Boyd:

    These out-of-the-blue type orders leave vulnerable children and their attorneys without adequate time to take the steps necessary to prepare and submit, to optimally prepare and submit applications for relief, in that respect, these orders fly in the face of fundamental fairness.

  4. Peter Harbison:

    There are worries about having lesser-trained pilots and that creating more risk, or congested airspace, air traffic control that is not adequate to support the services going through.

  5. Bette Greene:

    What is genius, anyway, if it isn't the ability to give an adequate response to a great challenge

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