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)