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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But in more recent years there has been an uptick in those studying political science or human services, giving them skills that are applicable in their home countries. David Gonzalez, New York Times, "African Immigrants Find an Open Door at Bronx College," 18 Feb. 2018 Our suppliers are required to produce all products in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Marci Robin, Good Housekeeping, "UPDATE: Justice Has Just Announced a Recall of 8 Makeup Products Due to Asbestos Concerns," 1 Feb. 2018 The government might also continue its trend of using the money-laundering statutes where applicable, according to a client note from the firm Ropes & Gray LLP. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Court Upholds Narrower Jurisdiction in Foreign-Bribery Cases," 31 Aug. 2018 With that, here are common Android P gestures, and where applicable, the iPhone equivalent. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Google's Android P navigation is a lot like the Phone X," 9 May 2018 My lists are intentionally applicable to every season and location, as well as group size, experience level, and gender. Andrew Skurka, Outside Online, "More Backpacking, Less Planning," 1 May 2018 The sheriff and local police chief, where applicable, would next determine if enough volunteers have stepped forward to begin the process of creating the security force, Farley said. Trisha Powell Crain,, "Alabama lawmaker aims to create armed volunteer security force in K-12 schools statewide," 23 Feb. 2018 In addition to teachers, the proposed law would be applicable to certain social workers and school psychologists employed by local school boards. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii,, "Bill granting teachers paid leave after adoption passes Louisiana House," 17 Apr. 2018 Also, federal prosecutors are able to file charges that may not be applicable in state court, Russo said. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "10 men face federal gun charges related to Anchorage car thefts," 23 Feb. 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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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