The definition of adequate is good enough for a specific requirement or purpose.adjective
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- enough or good enough for what is required or needed; sufficient; suitable
- barely satisfactory; acceptable but not remarkable
Origin: L adaequatus, pp. of adaequare < ad-, to + aequare, to make equal < aequus, level, equal
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- Sufficient to satisfy a requirement or meet a need. See Synonyms at sufficient.
- Barely satisfactory or sufficient: The skater's technique was only adequate.
Origin: Latin adaequātus, past participle of adaequāre, to equalize : ad-, ad- + aequāre, to make equal, from aequus, equal.
- adˈe·qua·cy , adˈe·quate·ness noun
- adˈe·quate·ly adverb