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Synonyms for adequateˈæd ɪ kwɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adequate, equal(adj)

    having the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task

    "she had adequate training"; "her training was adequate"; "she was adequate to the job"; "he was equal to the task"

    fair to middling, decent, adequate, passable, enough, tolerable, equal

    lacking(p), short-staffed, short-handed, unequal to(p), wanting(p), unsatisfactory, unequal, deficient, insufficient, undermanned, incompetent, understaffed, incapable, inadequate

  2. adequate, decent, enough(adj)

    sufficient for the purpose

    "an adequate income"; "the food was adequate"; "a decent wage"; "enough food"; "food enough"

    comme il faut, fair to middling, comely, tolerable, passable, becoming, equal, decorous, adequate, enough, nice, seemly, decent

    deficient, undermanned, incompetent, short-handed, insufficient, incapable, understaffed, unequal, unequal to(p), lacking(p), inadequate, short-staffed, wanting(p), unsatisfactory

  3. adequate, passable, fair to middling, tolerable(adj)

    about average; acceptable

    "more than adequate as a secretary"

    fair to middling, decent, adequate, passable, enough, tolerable, equal

    understaffed, lacking(p), short-staffed, unequal to(p), incapable, undermanned, short-handed, deficient, incompetent, insufficient, inadequate, wanting(p), unequal, unsatisfactory


  1. adequate(adjective)


  2. adequate(adjective)

    Equal to some requirement; proportionate, or correspondent; fully sufficient; as, powers adequate to a great work; an adequate definition lawfully and physically sufficient.


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. adequate

    Adequate, commensurate, and sufficient signify equal to some given occasion or work; as, a sum sufficient to meet expenses; an adequate remedy for the disease. Commensurate is the more precise and learned word, signifying that which exactly measures the matter in question. Adapted, fit, suitable, and qualified refer to the qualities which match or suit the occasion. A clergyman may have strength adequate to the work of a porter; but that would not be a fit or suitable occupation for him. Work is satisfactory if it satisfies those for whom it is done, though it may be very poor work judged by some higher standard. Qualified refers to acquired abilities; competent to both natural and acquired; a qualified teacher may be no longer competent, by reason of ill health. Able and capable suggest general ability and reserved power, able being the higher word of the two. An able man will do something well in any position. A capable man will come up to any ordinary demand. We say an able orator, a capable accountant.

    able, adapted, capable, commensurate, competent, equal, fit, fitted, fitting, qualified, satisfactory, sufficient, suitable

    disqualified, inadequate, incompetent, inferior, insufficient, poor, unequal, unfit, unqualified, unsatisfactory, unsuitable, useless, worthless

    Adequate to the demand; for the purpose.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. adequate(a.)

    sufficient, commensurate, proportionate, correspondent, equal, suitable, fit, competent, adapted

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