inadequate water supplies

insufficient, deficient, poor, scant, scanty, scarce, sparse, in short supply; paltry, meager, niggardly, beggarly, limited; informal measly, pathetic; formal exiguous

an inadequate typist

incompetent, incapable, unsatisfactory, unfit, unacceptable, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficient, unskillful, inexpert, inept, amateurish, substandard, poor, useless, inferior; informal not up to scratch, not up to snuff, no great shakes, lame, shabby

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  • inadequate — I adjective assailable, deficient, depleted, disabled, disappointing, displeasing, emasculate, exhausted, feckless, feeble, helpless, impaired, impar, impotent, incapable, incompetent, incomplete, indefensible, ineffective, ineffectual,… …   Law dictionary

  • inadequate — UK US /ɪˈnædɪkwət/ adjective ► too small in amount: inadequate funds/incomes/pensions »Too many of us are retiring on hopelessly inadequate incomes. ► too low in quality: »The report says that long range spending plans are inadequate .… …   Financial and business terms

  • Inadequate — In*ad e*quate, a. [Pref. in not + adequate: cf. F. inad[ e]quat.] Not adequate; unequal to the purpose; insufficient; deficient; as, inadequate resources, power, conceptions, representations, etc. Dryden. {In*ad e*quate*ly}, adv. {In*ad… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • INADEQUATE — [Abk. für engl. incredible natural abundance double quantum transfer experiment = unglaubliches Doppelquantentransfer Experiment mit natürlicher Häufigkeit]: eine wichtige Messmethode der zweidimensionalen 13C NMR Spektroskopie …   Universal-Lexikon

  • inadequate — (adj.) 1670s; see IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + ADEQUATE (Cf. adequate). Related: Inadequately …   Etymology dictionary

  • inadequate — [adj] defective, insufficient, incompetent bare, barren, bush league*, deficient, depleted, dry, failing, faulty, feeble, found wanting, glitch*, imperfect, impotent, inappreciable, inapt, incapable, incommensurate, incompetent, incomplete,… …   New thesaurus

  • inadequate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) insufficient for a purpose. 2) unable to deal with a situation or with life. DERIVATIVES inadequacy noun (pl. inadequacies) inadequately adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • inadequate — [in ad′i kwət] adj. not adequate; not sufficient; not equal to what is required inadequately adv. inadequateness n …   English World dictionary

  • inadequate */*/ — 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… …   English dictionary

  • inadequate — adj. 1) inadequate for; to (the supply of water is inadequate for the trip; inadequate to the occasion) 2) inadequate to + inf. (the supply is inadequate to meet the demand) * * * [ɪn ædɪkwɪt] to (the supply of water is inadequate for the trip;… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • inadequate — in|ad|e|quate [ ın ædəkwət ] 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… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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