inadequacy

  • 1Inadequacy — In*ad e*qua*cy, n. [From {Inadequate}.] The quality or state of being inadequate or insufficient; defectiveness; insufficiency; inadequateness. [1913 Webster] The inadequacy and consequent inefficacy of the alleged causes. Dr. T. Dwight. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2inadequacy — index absence (omission), dearth, defect, deficiency, deficit, delinquency (shortage), detriment …

    Law dictionary

  • 3inadequacy — (n.) 1764, from INADEQUATE (Cf. inadequate) + CY (Cf. cy). Related: Inadequacies …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4inadequacy — [n] shortage, defect, inability blemish, dearth, defalcation, defectiveness, deficiency, deficit, drawback, failing, faultiness, flaw, imperfection, inadequateness, inaptness, incapacity, incompetence, incompetency, incompleteness,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5inadequacy — [in ad′i kwə sē] n. pl. inadequacies quality, state, or instance of being inadequate …

    English World dictionary

  • 6inadequacy — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ personal ▪ sexual, social ▪ fundamental ▪ total (esp. BrE) ▪ glaring …

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  • 7inadequacy — [[t]ɪnæ̱dɪkwəsi[/t]] inadequacies 1) N VAR: oft the N of n The inadequacy of something is the fact that there is not enough of it, or that it is not good enough. ...the inadequacy of the water supply... The inadequacies of the current system have …

    English dictionary

  • 8inadequacy — UK [ɪnˈædɪkwəsɪ] / US [ɪnˈædəkwəsɪ] noun Word forms inadequacy : singular inadequacy plural inadequacies 1) [uncountable] the failure to be of the quantity or quality needed for a particular purpose These statistics show the total inadequacy of… …

    English dictionary

  • 9inadequacy — in|ad|e|qua|cy [ınˈædıkwısi] n plural inadequacies 1.) [U] a feeling that you are not as good, clever, skilled etc as other people ▪ Unemployment can cause feelings of inadequacy and low self esteem. 2.) [U] the fact of not being good enough in… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10inadequacy — in|ad|e|qua|cy [ ın ædəkwəsi ] noun 1. ) uncount the failure to be of the quantity or quality needed for a particular purpose: These statistics show the total inadequacy of the present oil reserves. a ) a lack of confidence that makes someone… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11inadequacy — noun (U) 1 a feeling that you are unable to deal with situations because you are not as good as other people: Unemployment can often cause feelings of inadequacy and low self esteem. 2 (U) the fact of not being good enough in quality, ability,… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12inadequacy — noun 1) the inadequacy of available resources Syn: insufficiency, deficiency, deficit, scarcity, sparseness, dearth, paucity, shortage, want, lack, undersupply; paltriness, meagerness Ant: abundance …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 13inadequacy — noun 1. lack of an adequate quantity or number (Freq. 1) the inadequacy of unemployment benefits • Syn: ↑insufficiency, ↑deficiency • Ant: ↑adequacy, ↑sufficiency ( …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 14inadequacy — 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

  • 15inadequacy — noun (plural cies) Date: 1787 1. the quality or state of being inadequate 2. insufficiency, deficiency …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16inadequacy — /in ad i kweuh see/, n., pl. inadequacies for 2. 1. Also, inadequateness /in ad i kwit nis/. the state or condition of being inadequate; insufficiency. 2. something inadequate; defect: The plan has many inadequacies. [1780 90; INADEQU(ATE) + ACY] …

    Universalium

  • 17inadequacy — noun a) the state of being inadequate b) a shortage of required material …

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  • 18inadequacy — in·ad·e·qua·cy ( )in ad i kwə sē n, pl cies the quality or state of being inadequate * * * in·ad·e·qua·cy (in adґə kwə se) [in 2 + adaequare to make equal] inability to perform an allotted function; insufficiency; incompetence …

    Medical dictionary

  • 19inadequacy — Synonyms and related words: adulteration, arrear, arrearage, arrears, arrestment, asymmetry, baseness, blemish, bug, callowness, catch, contrariety, crack, decline, defalcation, default, defect, defectibility, defection, defectiveness, deficiency …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20inadequacy — I (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Inferiority] Syn. ineptitude, incompetence, insufficiency; see inability , lack 1 . 2. [A defect] Syn. flaw, drawback, shortcoming, deficiency; see defect 2 , lack 2 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. The condition or state …

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