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UK [ɪnˈædɪkwət] / US [ɪnˈædəkwət] adjective
1) not enough, or not good enough for a particular purpose

inadequate provision of health care

We are trying to provide basic education with inadequate resources.

inadequate for:

rail tracks that are inadequate for the loads carried on them

inadequate to do something:

Existing laws are inadequate to deal with these problems.

totally/quite/wholly inadequate:

The government's response was condemned as totally inadequate.

2) someone who is inadequate does not feel confident that they can deal with the situation they are in

Some people feel totally inadequate when faced with new responsibilities.

Derived words:
UK / US noun countable
Word forms "inadequate":
singular inadequate plural inadequates

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