- The definition of adequate is good enough for a specific requirement or purpose.
A grade of 80% is an example of an adequate score on a test.
- enough or good enough for what is required or needed; sufficient; suitable
- barely satisfactory; acceptable but not remarkable
Origin of adequateClassical Latin adaequatus, past participle of adaequare ; from ad-, to + aequare, to make equal ; from aequus, level, equal
Origin of adequateLatin adaequātus, past participle of adaequāre, to equalize : ad-, ad- + aequāre, to make equal, from aequus, equal.
- ad′e·qua·cy , ad′e·quate·ness
(comparative more adequate, superlative most adequate)
- Equal to some requirement; proportionate, or correspondent; fully sufficient; as, powers adequate to a great work; an adequate definition lawfully and physically sufficient.
(third-person singular simple present adequates, present participle adequating, simple past and past participle adequated)