ap·​pli·​ca·​to·​ry ˈa-pli-kə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce applicatory (audio) ə-ˈpli-kə- How to pronounce applicatory (audio)
: capable of being applied

Word History


borrowed from New Latin applicātōrius, from Latin applicāre "to bring into contact (with), situate near, apply -tōrius, deverbal adjective suffix originally forming derivatives from agent nouns ending in -tōr-, -tor

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of applicatory was in 1597

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Cite this Entry

“Applicatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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