Hypertext Webster Gateway: "adequate"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Adequate \Ad"e*quate\, a. [L. adaequatus, p. p. of adaequare to
make equal to; ad + aequare to make equal, aequus equal. See
Equal to some requirement; proportionate, or correspondent;
fully sufficient; as, powers adequate to a great work; an
adequate definition.

Ireland had no adequate champion. --De Quincey.

Syn: Proportionate; commensurate; sufficient; suitable;
competent; capable.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Adequate \Ad"e*quate\, v. t. [See {Adequate}, a.]
1. To equalize; to make adequate. [R.] --Fotherby.

2. To equal. [Obs.]

It [is] an impossibility for any creature to
adequate God in his eternity. --Shelford.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: (sometimes followed by `to') meeting the requirements
especially of a task; "she had adequate training";
"her training was adequate"; "she was adequate to the
job" [ant: {inadequate}]
2: enough to meet a purpose; "an adequate income"; "the food
was adequate"; "a decent wage"; "enough food"; "food
enough" [syn: {decent}, {enough}]
3: about average; acceptable; "more than adequate as a
secretary" [syn: {passable}, {fair to middling}]

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