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ad·e·quate  audio  (d-kwt) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Sufficient to satisfy a requirement or meet a need. See Synonyms at sufficient.
  2. Barely satisfactory or sufficient: The skater's technique was only adequate.

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin adaequtus, past participle of adaequre, to equalize : ad-, ad- + aequre, to make equal from aequus, equal

OTHER FORMS:
ade·qua·cy  (-kw-s) KEY  or ade·quate·ness(Noun), ade·quate·ly(Adverb)


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