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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ADEQUATE

They are really channels for the transmission, adequate or inadequate, of sense impressions.

"But," she said, and then stopped as if unable to find words, adequate to her meaning.

It represented scorn for which Mrs. Blair could find no adequate utterance.

She hoped that Elder Weeks would be adequate in the latter direction.

This explanation is plausible; but I do not find it adequate.

It affords an adequate idea of the march of facts and of ideas.

But no one surpassed him in the combination of an adequate portion of these with moral worth.

The clerk's letter suggested a motive, perhaps an adequate motive.

First is the lack of an adequate bearing for the barrel to turn on.

Not material, but brains, or something else are not adequate.

WORD ORIGIN

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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