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inadequate

adjective uk   /ɪˈnæd.ɪ.kwət/ us  
C1 not good enough or too low in quality: This work is woefully (= extremely) inadequate - you'll have to do it again.Not of good qualityRubbish and wasteInformal words for bad C1 too small in amount: She rejected the $2 million offer as totally inadequate.Scarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking things not confident enough to deal with a situation: Maddie's a real expert on art, so I feel completely inadequate whenever I talk to her about it.Shy and modestAnxious and worriedConfidence and self-assuranceShowing arrogance and conceit
inadequately
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Our scientific research is inadequately funded.Scarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking thingsNot of good qualityRubbish and wasteInformal words for bad
(Definition of inadequate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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