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

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 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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Although a beginner course, teachings are applicable to everyone. Courant Community, "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 10 July 2018 But the Indiana Gaming Commission has maintained that the fee is applicable. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, "Caesars agrees to pay $1 million penalty over efforts to sway Indiana casino regulators," 28 June 2018 Make sure the contact information is completely filled on the form including email and phone numbers as applicable. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 10 July 2018 In the event of a conflict between these Terms and any applicable purchase or other terms, these Terms shall govern., "San Diego Union-Tribune Terms of Service," 25 June 2018 All credit lines, transaction data, statements and applicable rewards points will move to Associated Bank with customers’ accounts. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bank Mutual set to switch to Associated Bank this weekend," 20 June 2018 Closing costs also include a land registration fee of around $25, a property transfer tax of 4 percent of the purchase price and, when applicable, mortgage costs, which are set by the bank. Roxana Popescu, New York Times, "House Hunting in … Hungary," 20 June 2018 Even with more rigorous testing, longer trial periods, and more scrutinized real-world applicable metrics, the testing had a clear message. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Exclusive: Plume’s new “Superpod” hardware is here—and it’s fast," 12 June 2018 All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees. Doug Maccash,, "David Byrne cancels New Orleans show in Oct. Simple Minds due in Nov.," 4 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of applicable

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

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