Pronunciation: (ad'i-kwit), [key]
1. as much or as good as necessary for some requirement or purpose; fully sufficient, suitable, or fit (often fol. by to or for): This car is adequate to our needs. adequate food for fifty people.
2. barely sufficient or suitable: Being adequate is not good enough.
3. Law.reasonably sufficient for starting legal action: adequate grounds.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.