What is the opposite of adequate?

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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.”
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.”
(adequate to) Opposite of equal to some requirement
“His father having died years before, Buck is suddenly alone, and pathetically unequal to the task.”
Opposite of acceptable and satisfactory, though not outstanding
Opposite of suitable or moderately good
“These personal attacks are unfitting for a person of his stature and unacceptable for a world leader.”
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.”
(of something inanimate or abstract) Opposite of successful in producing a desired or intended result
Opposite of average in amount, intensity, quality, or degree
“We have great respect for them as a company.”
Opposite of elementary, simple or merely functional
“His taste in music is both sophisticated and eclectic.”
Opposite of in accordance with the procedural rules
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.”
Opposite of abundant or plentiful in amount
“The area has a measly supply of rivers, all of them small.”
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?”
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.”
Opposite of with all parts included
“John confronted the manufacturer about an incomplete package that was delivered to him a week prior.”
Opposite of a sufficient amount of
“Your experience in this field is insufficient for this role.”
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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