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?

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Realistically, they can only be used for short-term smaller studies, which can’t asses long-term chronic-disease risk and are too small to be applicable to the general population. Christine Byrne, Outside Online, "Are Eggs Bad for You? The Verdict Is Still Out.," 15 June 2019 But how much are these rules actually applicable to real life? A.a. Newton, SELF, "How Much Does the Order of Your Skin-Care Routine Actually Matter?," 11 June 2019 The program looks to improve the quality of lodging for people staying in El Cajon, boost the conditions and operations of motels, and ensure their compliance with all applicable codes and regulations in the city. Karen Pearlman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "El Cajon looking for a new Planning Commissioner," 4 June 2019 Any such warrant would thus need to comply with applicable Italian law for government searches and seizures. Michael Mccann,, "Cristiano Ronaldo Rape Case Still Very Much Open Despite Dropped Lawsuit," 5 June 2019 Brubacher disagrees, emphasizing that the mine has been in review and permitting procedures for more than a decade and conforms to all applicable laws. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "In a land of wild cats and scarce water, a battle over mining heats up," 25 Apr. 2019 Fuzzy rules But the rules applicable to the other situation in which a vice president can become acting president are much less clear. The Conversation,, "Here’s an expert’s opinion on why Trump haters shouldn’t expect help from 25th Amendment," 15 June 2019 However, that enhancement mechanism does not seem applicable here since no injuries were reported or apparent. Michael Mccann,, "The Potential Fallout From Masai Ujiri's Finals Run-In With a Sheriff's Deputy," 14 June 2019 Issued the first proposed rulemaking to implement the requirements and prohibitions applicable to debt collectors under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act since it was passed in 1977. David Lazarus,, "CFPB celebrates record of consumer protection — except for the whole watchdog thing," 14 June 2019

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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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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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