INADEQUATE in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of INADEQUATE
Definition Example Sentence Classic Sentence
 a.  not sufficient to meet a need; insufficient; poor
Classic Sentence: (17 in 2 pages)
1  For this purpose her equipment, though varied, was inadequate.
Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton
Context  Highlight   In III
2  Of the swiftly scampering child, all that now remained were two tiny feet, inadequate to her weight, and a tendency to prattle happily and aimlessly.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER VIII
3  Poor Pittypat had been quaking in her number-three shoes for fear of being blamed for Scarlett's forward conduct and would be the last to notify Ellen of her own inadequate chaperonage.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER X
4  And then Aunt Pitty, who was jumping up and down on her inadequate little feet with excitement.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XV
5  The town was crowded with soldiers, swamped with wounded, jammed with refugees, and this one line was inadequate for the crying needs of the stricken city.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XVIII
6  However inadequate the rest of the house, he had seen to it that the fundamental cellar should be large and clean, the square pillars whitewashed, and the bins for coal and potatoes and trunks convenient.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XXXIV
7  Finally, the prisoner made it understood that his vocabulary was inadequate, and there stepped up a dapper young man with waxed mustaches, bidding him speak in any language he knew.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 17
8  His head seemed swollen to a size that made him think his neck to be inadequate.
The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 12
9  They came to start housekeeping and married life in the rather forlorn home of the Chatterleys on a rather inadequate income.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 1
10  But surely such an explanation as that would be quite inadequate to account for the deep and subtle scheming which seemed to be weaving an invisible net round the young baronet.
The Hound of the Baskervilles By Arthur Conan Doyle
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 7. The Stapletons of Merripit House
11  They had never impressed me as being very strong, and I hoped to find my bar of iron not altogether inadequate for the work.
The Time Machine By H. G. Wells
Context  Highlight   In VIII
12  It originated in Mrs. Gardiner, who, fatigued by the exercise of the morning, found Elizabeth's arm inadequate to her support, and consequently preferred her husband's.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 43
13  Four sides of incoherent and interjectional beginnings of sentences, that had no end, except blots, were inadequate to afford her any relief.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 17. SOMEBODY TURNS UP
14  Pierre listened to him, straining each faculty to understand the essential points of the impending battle, but was mortified to feel that his mental capacity was inadequate for the task.
War and Peace(V4) By Leo Tolstoy
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 10: CHAPTER XXIII
15  It was all very pretty, but totally inadequate to illuminate the pictures which were usually left in the darkness of the side altars, and seemed to make the darkness all the deeper.
The Trial By Franz Kafka
Context  Highlight   In Chapter Nine In the Cathedral
Example Sentence:
1  Maddie's a real expert on art, so I feel completely inadequate whenever I talk to her about it.
2  Democrats lambasted the President's budget plan for being 'inadequate'.
3  Sickness may develop from inadequate fluid intake.
4  The causes of social distress include inadequate housing.
5  The country's infrastructure is crumbling because of inadequate investment.
6  Medical records were found to be grossly inadequate.
7  I felt totally inadequate as a parent.
8  The system is inadequate for the tasks it has to perform.
9  The plan, brilliant in its conception, failed because of inadequate preparation.
10  The support systems to enable women to realize their potential at work are seriously inadequate.
11  Where traditional own resources are inadequate to meet the new expenditure ceiling, the fourth resource comes into operation.
12  Can a compensatory education program make up for the inadequate schooling he received in earlier years?
13  He does not satisfy his inadequate income.