ap·​pli·​ca·​ble | \ ˈa-pli-kə-bəl How to pronounce applicable (audio) also ə-ˈpli-kə- How to pronounce applicable (audio) \

Definition of applicable

: capable of or suitable for being applied : appropriate statutes applicable to the case A fee is applicable when a scheduled payment is late.

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applicability \ ˌa-​pli-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce applicability (audio) also  ə-​ˌpli-​kə-​ \ noun

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relevant, germane, material, pertinent, apposite, applicable, apropos mean relating to or bearing upon the matter in hand. relevant implies a traceable, significant, logical connection. found material relevant to her case germane may additionally imply a fitness for or appropriateness to the situation or occasion. a point not germane to the discussion material implies so close a relationship that it cannot be dispensed with without serious alteration of the case. facts material to the investigation pertinent stresses a clear and decisive relevance. a pertinent observation apposite suggests a felicitous relevance. add an apposite quotation to the definition applicable suggests the fitness of bringing a general rule or principle to bear upon a particular case. the rule is not applicable in this case apropos suggests being both relevant and opportune. the quip was apropos

Examples of applicable in a Sentence

Businesses must comply with all applicable laws. is that information applicable in this case?
Recent Examples on the Web But the widespread screening China deploys might not be applicable to other countries where infections are rampant, Fisher said. Nectar Gan, CNN, "China turns its attention to frozen foods in battle to eliminate virus threat, but experts remain skeptical," 13 Nov. 2020 Because of that, Cameron said, six possible homicide charges under Kentucky law were not applicable to the case. CBS News, "Breonna Taylor grand juror says Louisville police actions before her death were "criminal"," 27 Oct. 2020 Viral spread in schools also tends to reflect community spread, so one area's experience may not be applicable elsewhere. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "With COVID gathering strength, don't let guard down," 24 Oct. 2020 These instructions are applicable to most multimeters. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use a Digital Multimeter," 21 Oct. 2020 The approvals are in the form of waivers from Medicaid rules and are applicable to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: GOP’s brilliant healthcare idea is to spend more on Medicaid to cover fewer people," 21 Oct. 2020 The 10% reduction is applicable to Harbaugh's supplemental pay of $5.4 million, in addition to his base salary ($605,000). Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY, "5 college football coaches with biggest COVID-19 pay reductions," 14 Oct. 2020 The training is specifically designed to be applicable to both in-person and remote learning, Mr. Brackett said. New York Times, "The Learning Bulletin Board," 14 Oct. 2020 Parts of his platform then are still applicable today, Reed says. Matt Sledge,, "Is fifth time the charm? Morris Reed hopes so in New Orleans district attorney race," 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of applicable

1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for applicable

see application

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The first known use of applicable was in 1548

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23 Nov 2020

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“Applicable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of applicable

: able to be applied or used in a particular situation


ap·​pli·​ca·​ble | \ ˈa-pli-kə-bəl How to pronounce applicable (audio) \

Kids Definition of applicable

: capable of being put to use or put into practice the applicable law

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