adequacy

Adequacy is the state of being sufficient for the purpose concerned. The meaning doesn't suggest abundance or excellence, or even more than what is absolutely necessary. Adequacy is simply the state of sufficiency.

There is a current of equality running through the noun adequacy. The Latin word from which it is derived is adaequāre, "to make something equal to something else." The English word made its appearance in the early 1800s as a derivative of the adjective adequate. Adequacy means being equal to the requirements of the situation — no more, no less. Theater critic Walter Kerr once wrote this scathing review of an actor: "He has delusions of adequacy."

Definitions of adequacy
1

n the quality of being able to meet a need satisfactorily: "he questioned the adequacy of the usual sentimental interpretation of the Golden Rule"

Synonyms:
adequateness
Antonyms:
inadequacy, inadequateness
unsatisfactoriness by virtue of being inadequate
Type of:
satisfactoriness
the quality of giving satisfaction sufficient to meet a demand or requirement

n the quality of being sufficient for the end in view

Synonyms:
sufficiency
Antonyms:
deficiency, inadequacy, insufficiency
lack of an adequate quantity or number
Types:
ampleness
the property of being more than sufficient; comfortable sufficiency
Type of:
quality
an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

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