- 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.
adequate definition by Webster's New World
- enough or good enough for what is required or needed; sufficient; suitable
- barely satisfactory; acceptable but not remarkable
Origin: Classical Latin adaequatus, past participle of adaequare ; from ad-, to plush aequare, to make equal ; from aequus, level, equal
adequate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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