I checked Cambridge dictionary and it defined 'adequate' as "Enough or satisfactory for a particular purpose". I want to use the word as a synonym for 'enough'. So, is it right in this context:

"All this absurd hate will not be adequate to talk me out of my decision!"

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    "adequate" is like sufficient, while "enough" is like no more. In your example, use enough. "His knowledge is sufficient (adequate) to do the job" vs. "I have had enough of (I don't want any more of) your lies." For learning purposes you might look at other examples.
    – user3169
    Jul 4, 2017 at 4:36
  • Refer to Synonyms of 'enough'.
    – user3169
    Jul 4, 2017 at 4:43
  • +1 @user3169 "Adequate" can imply "mediocre" or "barely sufficient", and it is not the adjective a native speaker would use in your sentence. We might say instead simply "All this absurd hate will not talk me out of my decision!" Jul 4, 2017 at 4:43
  • No candy or flowers, please. Jul 4, 2017 at 4:46

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Yes, this is fine. It's a more grandiose word than "enough", but fits with the usage of "absurd hate" to further strengthen the speaker's position on the subject.

  • grandiose? If i were to ask, how often is 'adequate' used as a synonym for enough?
    – Hoy Hoy
    Jul 4, 2017 at 4:12
  • @HoyHoy There is nothing "grandiose" about the adjective adequate. The answerer might benefit from consulting an English dictionary to learn the meaning of "grandiose"; adequate hardly fits the bill. Jul 4, 2017 at 4:42

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