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Definition of "inadequate" []

  • Not adequate to fulfill a need or meet a requirement; insufficient. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "inadequate" in a sentence
  • "Are you going to pretend you think the title inadequate?"
  • "In separate letters, the New York Department of Financial Services threatened to impose penalties on Assurant, an insurer, for what it calls inadequate document-retention policies, and urged a Citigroup mortgage unit to comply with a subpoena related to the inquiry."
  • "CHICAGO—United Airlines pilots, still simmering over what they call "inadequate" training and "compromised safety" stemming from United's 2010 merger with Continental Airlines, have ratcheted up their pressure on the carrier by circulating to members of Congress a highly critical 101-page report by their union."