adequate

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Latin adaequatus, past participle of adaequare (to make equal to); ad + aequare (to make equal), aequus (equal).

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adequate (comparative more adequate, superlative most adequate)

  1. Equal to some requirement; proportionate, or correspondent; fully sufficient; as, powers adequate to a great work; an adequate definition lawfully and physically sufficient.
    • De Quincey
      Ireland had no adequate champion.
    • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Empty House
      All day, as I drove upon my round, I turned over the case in my mind and found no explanation which appeared to me to be adequate.

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adequate (third-person singular simple present adequates, present participle adequating, simple past and past participle adequated)

  1. (obsolete) To equalize; to make adequate.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Fotherby to this entry?)
  2. (obsolete) To equal.
    It [is] an impossibility for any creature to adequate God in his eternity. — Shelford.