Synonyms for inadequate

Synonyms for (adjective) inadequate

Synonyms: unequal, inadequate

Definition: lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task

Usage: inadequate training; the staff was inadequate; she was unequal to the task

Similar words: wanting, lacking, deficient

Definition: inadequate in amount or degree

Usage: a deficient education; deficient in common sense; lacking in stamina; tested and found wanting


Similar words: incapable, incompetent, unequal to

Definition: not meeting requirements

Usage: unequal to the demands put upon him


Similar words: undermanned, understaffed, short-handed, short-staffed

Definition: inadequate in number of workers or assistants etc.

Usage: they're rather short-handed at the moment; overcrowded and understaffed hospitals


Synonyms: inadequate, poor, short

Definition: not sufficient to meet a need

Usage: an inadequate income; a poor salary; money is short; on short rations; food is in short supply; short on experience

Similar words: deficient, insufficient

Definition: of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement

Usage: insufficient funds