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inadequate as in lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task
  • "inadequate training"
  • "the staff was inadequate"
  • "she was unequal to the task"


  • unequal poorly balanced or matched in quantity or value or measure ; lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task
inadequate as in of insufficient quantity to meet a need
  • "an inadequate income"
  • "a poor salary"
  • "money is short"
  • "on short rations"
  • "food is in short supply"
  • "short on experience"
  • "the jejune diets of the very poor"


  • poor people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group); deserving or inciting pity; having little money or few possessions; characterized by or indicating poverty; lacking in quality or substances; of insufficient quantity to meet a need
  • short cheat someone by not returning him enough money ; create a short circuit in ; the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed ; accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference ; the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between second and third base ; quickly and without warning; without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold; clean across; at some point or distance before a goal is reached; so as to interrupt; at a disadvantage; in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner; primarily temporal sense; (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length; low in stature; of insufficient quantity to meet a need; (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range; not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices; of speech sounds or syllables of relatively short duration; less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so; lacking foresight or scope; tending to crumble or break into flakes due to a large amount of shortening; marked by rude or peremptory shortness
  • jejune of insufficient quantity to meet a need; displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity; lacking interest or significance or impact

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