1. not adequate or sufficient; inept or unsuitable.
2. Psychiatry. ineffectual in response to emotional, social, intellectual, and physical demands in the absence of any obvious mental or physical deficiency.
"actions can be inadequate to situations."
"rains can be inadequate for operations."
"radiographs can be inadequate for things."
"possessions can be inadequate at times."
"people can be inadequate for situations."
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