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?
Recent Examples on the Web In all respects, this meeting will be open to the public and compliant with applicable law and guidance of the Governor of the State of Texas. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "Lake Houston area government, chamber turn to virtual meetings as coronavirus threat continues," 18 May 2020 Because the tegus are an invasive species, they can be killed on private property with the owner’s permission and in accordance with applicable local laws. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Georgia faces invasive 4-foot lizard species, Argentine black and white tegu, wildlife officials say," 14 May 2020 Banking institutions and financial services industries routinely rely on detailed policies to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws. Michael Mccann,, "Breaking Down the New NBA Tampering and Compliance Rules," 23 Sep. 2019 And the lessons learned there are applicable to handling the Covid-19 crisis here in the U.S. Lakshmi Ramachandran, STAT, "A service trip to Peru offers lessons for treating Covid-19 in the U.S.," 2 May 2020 Such approaches may well be applicable to some areas of psychological and sociopolitical research and to the task of correlating neural processes with various forms of subjective experience. New York Times, "Is Physics on the Wrong Track? And Other Letters to the Editor," 1 May 2020 Given the extent of community transmission, clusters are not applicable to this situation. Justin Elliott, ProPublica, "Your Neighborhood Might Be a Coronavirus Hot Spot, but New York City Refuses to Release the Data," 25 Mar. 2020 Here in Cleveland, the RTA is following the guidelines issued by the Cleveland Health Department and the CDC that are applicable to this region. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "RTA to disinfect buses on daily basis in response to coronavirus," 5 Mar. 2020 Please note, however, my decision to proceed with the appointment of a conservator does not relieve the district and its governing board of the responsibility to, at all times, operate the district in compliance with the applicable (laws) and rules. Krista Torralva,, "Texas education commissioner tightens oversight but says he won’t fire Harlandale ISD board," 14 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of applicable was in 1548

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23 May 2020

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“Applicable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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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