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[ noun ] lack of an adequate quantity or number

Examples

"the inadequacy of unemployment benefits"

Used in print

(J. F. Vedder, "Micrometeorites", in Francis S. J...)

This large discrepancy demonstrates the inadequacies of the experimental methods and the lack of understanding of the various phenomena involved .

2
[ noun ] a lack of competence

Synonyms

insufficiency

Examples

"pointed out the insufficiencies in my report" "juvenile offenses often reflect an inadequacy in the parents"

Related terms

failing

3
[ noun ] unsatisfactoriness by virtue of being inadequate

Synonyms

inadequateness

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