1. [ adjective ] (sometimes followed by `to') not meeting the requirements especially of a task

"inadequate training" "the staff was inadequate" "she was inadequate to the job"

Related terms: adequate deficient incapable short-handed short-handed unsatisfactory adequacy
2. [ adjective ] not sufficient to meet a need
Synonyms: short poor

"an inadequate income" "a poor salary" "money is short" "on short rations" "food is in short supply" "short on experience"

Related terms: insufficient
Similar spelling:   inadequately