Adequate meaning

ădĭ-kwĭt
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.

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Enough or good enough for what is required or needed; sufficient; suitable.
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Equal to some requirement; proportionate, or correspondent; fully sufficient; as, powers adequate to a great work; an adequate definition lawfully and physically sufficient.
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Barely satisfactory; acceptable but not remarkable.
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Sufficient to satisfy a requirement or meet a need.
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(obsolete) To equalize; to make adequate.

verb
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(obsolete) To equal.
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Origin of adequate

  • Latin adaequātus past participle of adaequāre to equalize ad- ad- aequāre to make equal from aequus equal

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin adaequatus, past participle of adaequare (“to make equal to”); ad + aequare (“to make equal”), aequus (“equal”).

    From Wiktionary