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Synonyms for adequate
ˈæd ɪ kwɪtad·e·quate

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  1. adequateadjective


  2. adequateadjective


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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. adequate, equaladjective

    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, enoughadjective

    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, tolerableadjective

    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

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. adequateadjective

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. adequateadjective

    sufficient, commensurate, equal, proportionate

    inadequate, insufficient

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  1. Cindy Madrid:

    They told us that based on the order the President signed we would be reunited with our children, but that we needed to have patience because there was a lot of paperwork for the children and they needed find an adequate place to be with them.

  2. Harsh Vardhan:

    Oxygen was available in adequate quantity earlier and now there is even more, we have so many more sources of oxygen available in the country... Whoever needs oxygen should get it.

  3. European Commission:

    In the aftermath of the outburst of this scandal, strong calls have been made to the Commission to reinforce the type approval system, in particular by ensuring adequate supervisory mechanisms, substantial divergences in the interpretation and application of the rules entail the risk of undermining the effectiveness of the system and therefore the main policy objectives of ensuring the safety and health of citizens and the protection of the environment.

  4. James Jones:

    I think the United States can show itself as a benevolent country by exporting energy and by helping countries that don’t have adequate supplies become more self-sufficient and less dependent and less threatened.

  5. Jeavon Lolay:

    Most people don't understand what has spooked markets. It's up to economic data now to demonstrate that markets have gone overboard in projecting very low inflation, one reason is probably that markets don't believe the response from policymakers is adequate.

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