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 applicable (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 Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley delivered instructions to the jury explaining the applicable laws in the case. Clare Hymes, CBS News, 24 Nov. 2021 Some background: On Nov. 11, the Times reported that Project Veritas had commissioned legal memos demonstrating the degree to which the organization goes to ensure that its undercover operations comply with all applicable laws. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 Toward that end, the HBPD will also be strictly enforcing all applicable laws & ordinances throughout the weekend. NBC News, 23 May 2021 Gun owners have a duty to ensure that their firearms are handled safely and a duty to know applicable laws. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, 28 Apr. 2021 Due to its limited nature, sales and discounts are not applicable to this item. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 13 Nov. 2021 That reduced the analysis of religious exemption claims to the question of whether the law or mandate being challenged was generally applicable or aimed at discriminating against religious observance. Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 Neutral and generally applicable mask mandates and vaccine requirements do not violate the Civil Rights Act. Devon Link, USA TODAY, 15 Sep. 2021 But Chief Justice Roberts said because Philadelphia’s commissioner of human services can grant exemptions, the nondiscrimination requirement couldn’t be considered generally applicable. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 17 June 2021

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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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