applicable

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adjective ap·pli·ca·ble \ˈa-pli-kə-bəl also ə-ˈpli-kə-\

Definition of applicable

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

applicability

play \ˌa-pli-kə-ˈbi-lə-tē also ə-ˌpli-kə-\ noun

Examples of applicable in a sentence

  1. Businesses must comply with all applicable laws.

  2. <is that information applicable in this case?>

Origin and Etymology of applicable

see application


First Known Use: 1548

Synonym Discussion of applicable

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>.

APPLICABLE Defined for English Language Learners

applicable

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adjective ap·pli·ca·ble \ˈa-pli-kə-bəl also ə-ˈpli-kə-\

Definition of applicable for English Language Learners

  • : able to be applied or used in a particular situation


APPLICABLE Defined for Kids

applicable

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adjective ap·pli·ca·ble \ˈa-pli-kə-bəl\

Definition of applicable for Students

  1. :  capable of being put to use or put into practice <the applicable law>



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