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"inadequate" in British English

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inadequateadjective

uk   /ɪˈnæd.ɪ.kwət/  us   /ɪˈnæd.ə.kwət/
C1 not good enough or too ​low in ​quality: This ​work is woefully (= ​extremely) inadequate - you'll have to do it again.
C1 too ​small in ​amount: She ​rejected the $2 million ​offer as ​totally inadequate.
not ​confident enough to ​deal with a ​situation: Maddie's a ​realexpert on ​art, so I ​feelcompletely inadequate ​whenever I ​talk to her about it.
inadequately
adverb uk   /ɪˈnæd.ɪ.kwət.li/  us   /ɪˈnæd.ə.kwət.li/
Our ​scientificresearch is inadequately ​funded.
(Definition of inadequate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"inadequate" in American English

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inadequateadjective

 us   /ɪnˈæd·ɪ·kwət/
too ​low in ​quality or too ​small in ​amount; not enough: an inadequate ​income/​offer I ​feel inadequate when I ​talk to Miranda about ​art because she ​knows so much.
inadequacy
noun [C/U]  us   /ɪnˈæd·ɪ·kwə·si/
[C] She’s ​frustrated by the inadequacies of ​language.
inadequately
adverb  us   /ɪnˈæd·ɪ·kwət·li/
The ​research is inadequately ​funded.
(Definition of inadequate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"inadequate" in Business English

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inadequateadjective

uk   us   /ɪˈnædɪkwət/
too ​small in ​amount: inadequate funds/incomes/pensions Too many of us are ​retiring on hopelessly inadequate ​incomes.
too ​low in ​quality: The ​report says that ​long-rangespendingplans are "inadequate". inadequate ​controls/​monitoring/​oversight
(Definition of inadequate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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