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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That means there’s a cohort of kids for which state vaccine laws aren’t applicable, and who are vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases. Julia Belluz, Vox, "New York’s Orthodox Jewish community is battling measles outbreaks. Vaccine deniers are to blame.," 9 Nov. 2018 Today, for first-world countries, as government debt ratios have risen markedly, fair real rates of return are less applicable and take a back seat to debt service parameters. WSJ, "Will This Time Be Different for Yield Curve?," 6 Aug. 2018 And Reid had some thoughts about how the song is applicable to the present day. Nbc News Political Unit, NBC News, "Presented without comment: A dumpster fire in MN-SEN," 18 June 2018 If a vehicle is operated in public, operators also must have a valid driver’s license and comply with applicable vehicular traffic regulations. David Ibata, ajc, "Woodstock advances ‘golf cart’ regulations," 21 June 2018 The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. The Cut, "Enter to Win $500 Worth of Jewelry and Tickets to Broadway’s Hottest Play," 5 June 2018 But most measurements found the water samples met applicable water-quality standards even while the plant was under repair, with the exception of high bacteria counts and low dissolved oxygen at some sites in June. Anchorage Daily News, "Disaster sent raw sewage into Puget Sound. Surprisingly, the water quality was barely affected.," 28 Feb. 2018 One reason, which likely is applicable in Gordon’s case, is that an interested suitor would have to pay above market value in order to dissuade that player’s team from matching. Josh Robbins,, "Orlando Magic quiet on 1st day of free agency," 2 July 2018 While some of the advice is cringe-worthy, there are a few tips and tricks that are applicable to modern marriages. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "WATCH: Some 1950s Marriage Advice Is Still Really Valuable Today," 14 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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The first known use of applicable was in 1548

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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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