1. inadequate

adjective. ['ˌɪˈnædəkwət, ˌɪˈnædəˌkweɪt'] lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task.


  • deficient
  • unequal
  • adequateness
  • incapable
  • short-handed
  • short-staffed
  • incompetent
  • understaffed
  • unsatisfactory
  • lacking
  • wanting
  • unequal to
  • adequacy


  • inadequacy
  • adequate
  • ample
  • standard

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Rhymes with Inadequate

  • actuate
  • adequate
  • antiquate
  • braithwaite
  • counterweight
  • cowperthwaite
  • deadweight
  • featherweight
  • fluctuate
  • garthwaite
  • goldthwaite
  • graduate
  • heavyweight
  • hundredweight
  • middleweight
  • paperweight
  • perpetuate
  • welterweight

How do you pronounce inadequate?

Pronounce inadequate as ˌɪˈnædəkˌweɪt.

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Sentences with inadequate

1. Adjective
The vehicle will shudder and rattle when sitting still because of inadequate fuel being present in the engine block.

2. Verb, base form
If shampoo commercials leave you feeling inadequate in the realm of hair, fear not.

Quotes about inadequate

1. I don't try to imagine a personal God; it suffices to stand in awe at the structure of the world, insofar as it allows our inadequate senses to appreciate it.
- Albert Einstein

2. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
- Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"

3. The fact that my continuous and public rejection of Christianity does not worry me in the least should suggest to you just how inadequate I think your reasons for being a Christian are.
- Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation

2. inadequate

adjective. ['ˌɪˈnædəkwət, ˌɪˈnædəˌkweɪt'] not sufficient to meet a need.


  • short
  • insufficient
  • poor


  • inequality
  • equal
  • commensurate
  • unsatisfactoriness