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Synonyms for inadequate
ɪnˈæd ɪ kwɪtin·ad·e·quate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inadequate, unequaladjective

    lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task

    "inadequate training"; "the staff was inadequate"; "she was unequal to the task"

    Synonyms:
    short, poor, unequal

    Antonyms:
    equal, competent, capable, adequate to(p), equal to(p), up to(p), sufficient, adequate

  2. inadequate, poor, shortadjective

    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"

    Synonyms:
    pitiable, pathetic, brusque, brusk, misfortunate, poor, pitiful, hapless, short(p), miserable, curt, light, unequal, unretentive, wretched, myopic, short, scant(p), piteous, unforesightful, little, shortsighted, forgetful

    Antonyms:
    up to(p), adequate, capable, sufficient, competent, adequate to(p), equal to(p), equal

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. inadequateadjective

    Synonyms:
    insufficient, unequal, disproportionate

  2. inadequateadjective

    Synonyms:
    incomplete, defective

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. inadequateadjective

    Synonyms:
    insufficient, deficient, defective, incomplete, imperfect

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How to use inadequate in a sentence?

  1. Unknown Author:

    Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure, we ask ourselves 'who am I to be Briliant, Georgeous, Talented and Fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be.

  2. Chuck Schumer:

    The Republican leader should not waste the Senate’s time on another inadequate, partisan proposal and instead should sit down with Democrats to begin a true bipartisan effort to quickly meet the needs of the country.

  3. Thomas Plunkett:

    I’m not trying to say he wasn’t trained, i’m saying the training was inadequate to help him see, perceive and understand what was happening here.

  4. Stephanie Patterson Gilbert:

    We are down to our last remaining funds, and we have found most aid programs frustratingly slow, needlessly complicated and inadequate to actually do much good.

  5. Dylan Klebold:

    The one thing, of course, that I want to say is I am so sorry for what my son did, yet I know that just saying ‘I’m sorry’ is such an inadequate response to all this suffering, there is never a day that goes by where I don’t think of the people that Dylan harmed.


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