• WordNet 3.6
    • adj adequate 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"
    • adj adequate about average; acceptable "more than adequate as a secretary"
    • adj adequate sufficient for the purpose "an adequate income","the food was adequate","a decent wage","enough food","food enough"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Adequate Equal to some requirement; proportionate, or correspondent; fully sufficient; as, powers adequate to a great work; an adequate definition. "Ireland had no adequate champion."
    • Adequate To equal. "It [is] an impossibility for any creature to adequate God in his eternity.""To even him in valor."
    • Adequate To equalize; to make adequate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • adequate Equal to requirement or occasion; commensurate; fully sufficient, suitable, or fit: as, means adequate to the object; an adequate comparison.
    • adequate To make equal or adequate.
    • adequate To attain equality with; equal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Adequate ad′e-kwāt equal to: proportionate: sufficient
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “People of uncommon abilities generally fall into eccentricities when their sphere of life is not adequate to their abilities.”
  • Jay Kordich
    Jay Kordich
    “Drinking freshly made juices and eating enough whole foods to provide adequate fiber is a sensible approach to a healthful diet.”
  • P. W. Bridgman
    P. W. Bridgman
    “There is no adequate defense, except stupidity, against the impact of a new idea.”
  • Werner Herzog
    Werner Herzog
    “For such an advanced civilization as ours to be without images that are adequate to it is as serious a defect as being without memory.”
  • Edmund Wilson
    Edmund Wilson
    “There is nothing more demoralizing than a small but adequate income.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “We are armed with language adequate to describe each leaf of the filed, but not to describe human character.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. adaequatus, p. p. of adaequare, to make equal to; ad, + aequare, to make equal, aequus, equal. See Equal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. adæquatus, made equal—ad, to, and æquus, equal.


In literature:

This may be trochaic with anacrusis or iambic with feminine endings, but neither quite adequately describes it.
"The Principles of English Versification" by Paull Franklin Baum
Adequate protection of children requires adequate protection of their teachers.
"Civics and Health" by William H. Allen
The one they furnished to them was deemed adequate by the authorities.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
It is not yet the time nor have we the perspective to view adequately President Hutchins' administration.
"The University of Michigan" by Wilfred Shaw
His wants were few, and his half pay more than adequate to supply them.
"Newton Forster" by Captain Frederick Marryat
It is to be observed that common salt and salt such as bi-carbonate of soda, do not adequately replace those food salts.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
No one remedy is adequate.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
These necessities demand adequate food, adequate clothing, adequate shelter and adequate leisure.
"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys
Adequate information is at hand as to desirable methods of procedure.
"On the Firing Line in Education" by Adoniram Judson Ladd
To secure adequate exercise for the pupils, two methods are adopted.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
Of this aggregate of labor, it is difficult to form any adequate idea.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
The situation abroad was complex and it had not been clarified adequately by the press.
"Woodrow Wilson and the World War" by Charles Seymour
Dr. Mingana tells me it is a great puzzle to discover any adequate meaning.
"The Evolution of the Dragon" by G. Elliot Smith
And really he alone were capable of dealing adequate vengeance upon his translators.
"Views and Reviews Essays in appreciation" by William Ernest Henley
Perhaps the most essential requirement for carrying on Jewish study is an adequate supply of books.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various
They had procured an adequate supply of machinery applicable to those conditions.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 5, August, 1915" by Various
It is impossible, adequately, to describe this wonderful scene.
"Old Mackinaw" by W. P. Strickland
It was impossible for him to voice adequately his feelings.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
The art of reading to the best advantage implies the command of adequate time to read.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
So we never arrive at an adequate cause of any phenomenon.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various

In news:

20 Fairbanks schools fail to make ' adequate yearly progress, but beware of statistical gimmicks.
Twenty of the 35 Fairbanks schools failed to make so-called " adequate yearly progress" in 2011-2012, in most cases because achievement in a few of 31 categories was not deemed sufficient.
Mostly Cloudy / 68° F. Madison County Superintendent David Copeland announced the school system's adequate yearly progress results on Tuseday, Aug 7.
Four Madison County schools failed to make adequate yearly progress for the 2011-2012 school year.
El Paso County schools' Adequate Yearly Progress results.
Schools in El Paso County that have missed federal Adequate Yearly Progress guidelines, and the subjects in which they were deficient.
High court chief justice says crime bill does not provide adequate discretion for judiciary.
Grilli Says Europe's Bailout Power Adequate Even With ESM Delay.
Free antivirus programs will provide adequate protection.
Encourage Employees to Defer Adequate Pay to a 401(k).
AL Superintendent wants to suspend adequate yearly progress requirements.
Not Getting Consistent, Adequate Sleep Is Still Really Bad For You.
NM lacks adequate oil and gas enforcement.
Is the testing process for mad cow disease adequate CNN's Brian Todd reports.
Eastern Kentucky Provider Sues to Maintain Adequate Healthcare Protection.

In science:

For this maser feature, only the high velocity side of the line could be adequately fit by the derivative of Stokes I.
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
If one tries to carry a realistic coevolution simulation, the parameter P opmax has to be adequately manipulated in order to make sure that the size of each population is approximately the same at equilibrium, when evolving separately.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
Each disappears in a sufficiently fine analysis, replaced by a complex of purely local activities that, while perhaps more difficult to understand, are entirely adequate to the description of the physical goings-on.
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility
Moreover, Tegmark’s characterization of these hyperclassical systems as those with τdec ≪ τdyn and a dissipation time τdiss ≈ τdyn , suggests that almost any open, classical system that is not adequately treated as independent can be hyper-classical.
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility
Most of the disc stars’ orbits are nearly circular and can be adequately described using the epicycle approximation.
Disc heating in NGC 2985
Toward the end of the experiment [i.e., the period in which the subject wore the inverting glasses], the subject was adequately adjusted [adapted]. The following insightful experience occurred. He was observing the scene from a tall building.
Combining Research Methods and Results from Psychology and Physics in the Investigation of Quantum Mechanics
To ensure adequate sampling depth for |η | < 1.4, a hadron outer calorimeter is installed outside the solenoid.
Studies of the Response of the Prototype CMS Hadron Calorimeter, Including Magnetic Field Effects, to Pion, Electron, and Muon Beams
In the ma jority of cases the main tool for investigating the particular problems is the perturbation theory, which sometimes fails to provide an adequate description of a real physical phenomenon.
Exactly solvable models of quantum mechanics including fluctuations in the framework of representation of the wave function by random process
Thus the instanton solution for the Langevin equation in the presence of an external force offers a most adequate description of the long time glassy dynamics in an arbitrary 1D random environment.
Instanton approach to the Langevin motion of a particle in a random potential
However, this is difficult to treat analytically. A simpler version of this model which appears to be adequate for our purpose is obtained by taking the limit T = 0 first, and then the limit ω = 0.
Exact Expressions for Minor Hysteresis Loops in the Random Field Ising Model on a Bethe Lattice at Zero Temperature
Equivalently, at each value of the external field, the system is allowed adequate time to attain a relaxed state with each spin pointing along the net field at its site.
Exact Expressions for Minor Hysteresis Loops in the Random Field Ising Model on a Bethe Lattice at Zero Temperature
In this study, we choose a fixed window width of seven, which offers sufficient context information for adequate performance.
Meta-Learning for Phonemic Annotation of Corpora
In our opinion this state of affairs is mainly due to the lack of adequate computational tools in the non–perturbative region.
Multi-Instanton Calculus in Supersymmetric Theories
Conversely, the modified mean-field theory is not adequate for lower dimensions (d ≤ 3) because τ = ∞.
Branching annihilating random walk on random regular graphs
Figure 1 plots a typical behaviour we observe for the initial stages of the field penetration into relatively large thin-film samples (in this case, samples have diameter D ≈ 15µm and thickness h ≈0.1µm). Note that disks of this size adequately represent the corresponding properties of a macroscopic film.
Non-Quantized Penetration of Magnetic Field in the Vortex State of Superconductors