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as much or as good as necessary for some requirement or purpose; fully sufficient, suitable, or fit (often followed by to or for):
This car is adequate to our needs. adequate food for fifty people.
barely sufficient or suitable:
Being adequate is not good enough.
Law. reasonably sufficient for starting legal action:
adequate grounds.
Historical Examples

For the object must be given in experience, and the question relates to the adequateness of the object to an idea.
The Critique of Pure Reason Immanuel Kant

able to fulfil a need or requirement without being abundant, outstanding, etc

1610s, from Latin adaequatus “equalized,” past participle of adaequare “to make equal to,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + aequare “make level,” from aequus (see equal). The sense is of being “equal to what is required.” Related: Adequateness.


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