What does the word adequacy mean?

Usage examples for adequacy

  1. These demands received serious consideration on the part of the governments, but were denied on the general ground of the doubtful adequacy of such a measure to meet the situation, and the danger of upsetting the gold standard of value. – The Economic Aspect of Geology by C. K. Leith
  2. At the basis of great poetry lies an all- embracing realism, an adequacy to all experience, a refusal of the merely personal in exultation or dismay. – Aspects of Literature by J. Middleton Murry
  3. John evidently " knew his way about," as they say; and I was diverted to think how Miss Josephine St. Michael would have nodded over his adequacy and shaken her head at his squandering it on such a companion. – Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister