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?
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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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“Applicable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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