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adequate

adjective uk   /ˈæd.ə.kwət/ us  
B2 enough or satisfactory for a particular purpose: Have we got adequate food for 20 guests? I didn't have adequate time to prepare. It's not a big salary but it's adequate for our needs. The council's provision for the elderly is barely adequate (= is not enough). [+ to infinitive] Will future oil supplies be adequate to meet world needs?
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adequacy
noun [U] uk   /ˈæd.ə.kwə.si/ us  
The adequacy of public healthcare has been brought into question.
adequately
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
B2 While some patients can be adequately cared for at home, others are best served by care in a hospital.
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