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 Is this book applicable to people who are, for example, being systematically oppressed? Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "Why you need to stop thinking so much," 1 May 2021 More so than any education policy based on favoring a particular narrative or viewpoint, such a realignment holds the potential for making the past more accessible and applicable—and more unifying for the American public. Time, "The Split in How Americans Think About Our Collective Past Is Real—But There’s a Way Out of the ‘History Wars’," 29 Apr. 2021 Staff will then bring back for council approval resolutions to call the election and consider the applicable election date. San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Mesa making plans to replace former Councilwoman Akilah Weber," 29 Apr. 2021 The state entity also issued an unmodified opinion -- in which the auditor expresses an opinion that financial statements are presented in accordance with the applicable financial reporting framework. John Benson, cleveland, "Parma City Schools leaders point to perfect state audit as proof district has ‘turned the corner’," 29 Apr. 2021 Sources of retirement income can include Social Security, systematic withdrawals from retirement savings, and pensions, if applicable. Steve Vernon, Forbes, "When Should You Retire?," 28 Apr. 2021 This conflict is also based on a dubious premise: that privacy is the only applicable value when choosing between these two companies and their competing techno-ideological visions. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "You’re Still the Loser in Apple and Facebook’s War Over Privacy," 26 Apr. 2021 Philadelphia defended its action saying the agency violated anti-discrimination laws that are neutral and applicable to everyone. Ariane De Vogue, CNN, "Supreme Court poised for another historic spring," 25 Apr. 2021 Vanessa Guillén Act, applicable to the Texas Military Department. Elizabeth Thompson, Dallas News, "A year after her death, the fight for justice for Vanessa Guillén continues," 23 Apr. 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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The first known use of applicable was in 1548

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4 May 2021

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“Applicable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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