Meaning of ADEQUATE in English

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Etymology: Latin adaequatus, past participle of adaequare to make equal, from ad- + aequare to equal — more at equable

Date: circa 1617

1. : sufficient for a specific requirement

adequate taxation of goods

also : barely sufficient or satisfactory

her first performance was merely adequate

2. : lawfully and reasonably sufficient

adequate grounds for a lawsuit

Synonyms: see sufficient

• ad·e·quate·ly adverb

• ad·e·quate·ness noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.