sexual, social
total (esp. BrE)
glaring, obvious

Elliott was tormented by his own perceived inadequacies.

demonstrate, expose, highlight, point out, point to, reveal, show

She rightly points to the inadequacy of the argument.

The test soon revealed several inadequacies in the equipment.

realize, recognize

I now see the inadequacy of the explanation.

cover up, hide (both esp. BrE)

They possibly falsified the results to cover up the inadequacies of their theory.


Clear legislative reform is needed to overcome the inadequacies of the current situation.

inadequacy in

inadequacies in educational facilities

a feeling of inadequacy, a sense of inadequacy

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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