Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Insufficient; disproportionate; lacking in effectiveness or in conformity to a prescribed standard or measure.
    —Inadequate damages. See Damages.
    —Inadequate price. A term applied to indicate the want of a sufficient consideration for a thing sold, or such a price as would ordinarily be entirely incommensurate with its intrinsic value. Slate v. Purcell, 131 Mo. 312, 33 S. W. 13; Stephens v. Ozboume, 107 Tenn. 572, 64 S. W. 903, 89 Am. St. Rep. 957.
    —Inadequate remedy at law. Within the meaning of the rule that equity will not entertain a suit if there is an adequate remedy at law, this does not mean that there must be a failure to collect money or damages at law, but the remedy is considered inadequate if it is, in its nature and character, unfitted or not adapted to the end in view, as, for instance, when the relief sought is preventive rather than compensatory. Cruickshank v. Bidwell, 176 U. S. 73. 20 Sup. Ct. 280, 44 L. Ed. 377; Safe Deposit & Trust Co. v. Anniston (C. Ct) 96 Fed. 663; Crawford County v. Laub, 110 Iowa, 355, 81 N. W. 590.