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?

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Tickets are available for $75, plus applicable fees. Nedra Rhone, ajc, "10 great Father’s Day gift ideas," 7 June 2018 The book is ultimately a how-to guide for driving for Uber and Lyft, but there’s a lot of advice that’ll be applicable to anybody working in the gig economy. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The Rideshare Guy on Uber, Lyft, and what their drivers really want," 22 May 2018 China has warned in negotiations with Trump’s team that its opening measures won’t be applicable to American investors if the U.S. doesn’t meet Beijing’s request for equal treatment of Chinese investment., "Wall Street's Quest for China Supremacy Takes Political Turn," 10 May 2018 In Section 913 of the Dodd-Frank Act, Congress tasked the SEC with studying what regulatory standards should be applicable to brokers and investment advisers. Paul S. Atkins And, WSJ, "Leave Broker Disclosures to the SEC," 2 May 2018 Offer valid on select price levels while supplies last, plus applicable fees. Detroit Free Press, "Save 30% off select tickets to The King and I!," 9 Apr. 2018 The Identity Leak Checker asks for your email (nothing more), then uses that email to generate a list of information that’s out in the wild, including your name, IP address, and password, if applicable. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "A second, massive Collections leak of 2.2 billion email addresses probably has your information," 31 Jan. 2019 Created in 1948 by the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights outlines international human rights applicable to every country and person, including access to health resources, education, employment, food, and leisure. Eva Lewis, Teen Vogue, "I Traveled to Paris to Advocate for Human Rights in Chicago's South Side," 27 Nov. 2018 The guidelines were developed for use in Europe but are applicable world-wide, the WHO said, and are based on research conducted in Europe, the U.S. and Australia. Joanna Sugden, WSJ, "Hear, Hear: The WHO Gives Lower Volumes a Ringing Endorsement," 9 Oct. 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 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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the range of authority or knowledge

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