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A'dequate. adj. [adequatus, Lat.] Equal to; proportionate; correspondent to, so as to bear an exact resemblance or proportion. It is used generally in a figurative sense, and often with the particle to.

Contingent death seems to be the whole adequate object of popular courage; but a necessary and unavoidable coffin strikes paleness into the stoutest heart. Harvey on Consumptions.

The arguments were proper, adequate, and sufficient to compass their respective ends. South's Sermons.

All our simple ideas are adequate; because, being nothing but the effects of certain powers in things, fitted and ordained by God to produce such sensations in us, they cannot but he correspondent and adequate to those powers. Locke.

Those are adequate ideas, which perfectly represent their archetypes or objects. Inadequate are but a partial, or incomplete, representation of those archetypes to which they are referred. Watts's Logick.

Sources: Harvey, Gideon (42) · Locke, John (269) · South, Robert (158) · Watts, Isaac (116)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · Latin (690)

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