Im new here and dont know if this is a right place to post,but i need help.. Can someone suggest an english term(one word)for something which is not desirable or not very good but not bad (better than nothing)
Mar 28, 2019 7:37 AM
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Nina, I was going to say "acceptable", but based on your latest comment, the first word that comes to my mind is "adequate".
March 29, 2019
I would suggest; "sufficient" or "tolerable" as a term to use, and further suggest; to look up their synonyms and see their individual definitions, they may differ in a way to select them suitably. 
March 28, 2019
March 28, 2019

I agree with "adequate." Once I read your paragraph, it was the first word that popped in my mind.

I find that the higher the level of English a person has, the more likely they are to use a dictionary--a single-language English dictionary. When you are a beginner, you just need the basic idea. When you know several possible choices and want "just the right word," a dictionary helps. One dictionary defines "adequate" as:

Sufficient to satisfy a requirement or meet a need. 

So, "adequate" means "good enough." "Does what is needed."  "Adequate" describes the minimum. It's not positive or negative in tone, just factual. Something can also be "barely adequate," which is a little negative, or "more than adequate," which is a little positive.

For example, "You don't need expensive shoes. Any kind of athletic shoes will be adequate."

March 29, 2019
Thank you Phil,Su.ki for taking time to help..
March 29, 2019
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