Etymology
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inadequacy (n.)

"incompleteness, ineffectiveness, state or quality of being insufficient," 1764, from inadequate + abstract noun suffix -cy. Related: Inadequacies.

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Definitions of inadequacy

inadequacy (n.)
lack of an adequate quantity or number;
the inadequacy of unemployment benefits
inadequacy (n.)
a lack of competence;
juvenile offenses often reflect an inadequacy in the parents
Synonyms: insufficiency
inadequacy (n.)
unsatisfactoriness by virtue of being inadequate;
Synonyms: inadequateness
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