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Synonyms for inadequate
ɪnˈæd ɪ kwɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inadequate, unequal(adj)

    lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task

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

    short, poor, unequal

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

  2. inadequate, poor, short(adj)

    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"

    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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. inadequate(a.)

    insufficient, unequal, disproportionate

  2. inadequate(a.)

    incomplete, defective

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. inadequate(a)

    insufficient, deficient, defective, incomplete, imperfect

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  1. Hakeem Jeffries:

    ( Trump's) reaction to Charlottesville was clearly inadequate, unacceptable, inappropriate, and for many people throughout America, led them to conclude that the President of the United States chose to pull the sheets off and reveal himself, in terms of his tendency to be a racial arsonist, fanning the flames of hatred.

  2. Phillip Gregory:

    If you look at some of Obama’s speeches, like when he offered praise for the oil and gas industry in 2012 while speaking in Oklahoma, it is clear they are both on the same side, the administration has done an inadequate job in getting where we need to be [in protecting the environment] and contesting this case is just another example of how [Obama] is supporting the fossil fuel industry.

  3. Adrienne Rich:

    We might hypothetically possess ourselves of every technological resource on the North American continent, but as long as our language is inadequate, our vision remains formless, our thinking and feeling are still running in the old cycles, our process may be revolutionary but not transformative.

  4. Shai Akabas:

    It's entirely appropriate to focus on parts of the population where current benefits are inadequate, people with low incomes can work a long career and still be getting benefits below the poverty line, or not very much above it. We need to make sure seniors who have worked for many years are not forced to live in poverty in retirement.

  5. University President Michael Drake:

    Our institution's fundamental failure at the time to prevent this abuse was unacceptable — as were the inadequate efforts to thoroughly investigate complaints raised by students and staff members.

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