Good enough, although not necessarily the most or the best; sufficient. "Her skills were adequate for the job, but we hired a more qualified candidate."

Use adequate in a sentence

  • By applying herself with focus and care, in spite of her shortcomings, she was able to generate an adequate essay for the English assignment.

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  • Benjamin was never a star algebra student because, although he never failed tests or assignments in math class, his grades were merely adequate.

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  • Bradley's teacher told his parents that he was an adequate student, but she felt he had the potential to be an exceptional one.

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