applicable

adjective ap·pli·ca·ble \ ˈa-pli-kə-bəl also ə-ˈpli-kə- \
Updated on: 30 Nov 2017

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.

applicability

play \ˌa-pli-kə-ˈbi-lə-tē also ə-ˌpli-kə-\ noun

Examples of applicable in a Sentence

  1. Businesses must comply with all applicable laws.

  2. is that information applicable in this case?

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Origin and Etymology of applicable

Synonym Discussion of applicable

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

APPLICABLE Defined for English Language Learners

applicable

adjective

Definition of applicable for English Language Learners

  • : able to be applied or used in a particular situation


APPLICABLE Defined for Kids

applicable

adjective ap·pli·ca·ble \ ˈa-pli-kə-bəl \

Definition of applicable for Students

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


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