What is the opposite of adequate?

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Adjective
Opposite of of a level that just barely meets one's needs or standards
“Safety precautions were inadequate on a building site where a joiner fell eight feet and broke his back.”
Adjective
Opposite of satisfactory or acceptable in quality or quantity
“The gas firm was also found to have been keeping inadequate records of the state of its pipe distribution network.”
Adjective
(adequate to) Opposite of equal to some requirement
“His father having died years before, Buck is suddenly alone, and pathetically unequal to the task.”
Adjective
Opposite of adequate or acceptable
Adjective
Opposite of suitable or moderately good
“These personal attacks are unfitting for a person of his stature and unacceptable for a world leader.”
Adjective
Opposite of tolerably acceptable in standard
“Our customers know they can depend on us to maximize their resources and deliver a superior level of support.”
Adjective
Opposite of average in amount, intensity, quality, or degree
“We have great respect for them as a company.”
Adjective
(of something inanimate or abstract) Opposite of successful in producing a desired or intended result
Adjective
Opposite of elementary, simple or merely functional
“His taste in music is both sophisticated and eclectic.”
Adjective
Opposite of in accordance with the procedural rules
Adjective
Opposite of sufficient to work with at a basic level
“It is an impressive feat, but one wonders why anyone would waste their time learning an impractical skillset.”
Adjective
Opposite of significant and abundant
“The area has a measly supply of rivers, all of them small.”
Adjective
Opposite of having considerable skill, proficiency, or intelligence
“If you had an incompetent employee who was costing you money and butchering important relationships, wouldn't you want to know?”
Adjective
Opposite of average or fairly good
“It was known to be an unsound ship at the dockyard, but the king refused to recall the voyage.”
Adjective
Opposite of with all parts included
“John confronted the manufacturer about an incomplete package that was delivered to him a week prior.”
Determiner
Opposite of a sufficient amount of
“Your experience in this field is insufficient for this role.”
Pronoun
Opposite of a large or sufficient amount or quantity
“David didn't like the feeling of helplessness, but there was little he could do about it.”
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