in·​ap·​pli·​ca·​ble | \ (ˌ)i-ˈna-pli-kə-bəl How to pronounce inapplicable (audio) also ˌi-nə-ˈpli-kə- \

Definition of inapplicable

: not applicable : irrelevant

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Other Words from inapplicable

inapplicability \ (ˌ)i-​ˌna-​pli-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce inapplicability (audio) also  ˌi-​nə-​ˌpli-​kə-​ \ noun
inapplicably \ (ˌ)i-​ˈna-​pli-​kə-​blē How to pronounce inapplicably (audio) also  ˌi-​nə-​ˈpli-​kə-​ \ adverb

Examples of inapplicable in a Sentence

the judge refused to allow mention of the defendant's conviction for shoplifting, ruling that it was inapplicable to the case at hand
Recent Examples on the Web Although lawyers in these cases have cited them, all seem clearly inapplicable. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Lee A. Casey, WSJ, "China Deserves a Day in Court," 19 Oct. 2020 But the business-to-business exception continues to be inapplicable to an individual who is not acting as a sole proprietor or formed as a business entity. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, "What you need to know about revised independent contractor law," 14 Sep. 2020 The World Health Organization’s advice on Covid-19, for instance, is largely inapplicable in slums, where maintaining social distance is impossible in overcrowded housing. Flavie Halais, Wired, "Cities in Poorer Countries Are at Risk as Covid-19 Spreads," 1 June 2020 But the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, reasoning that Google could have written its own declaring code (even if doing so would be highly inefficient), held that merger was inapplicable. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Movie Studios Back Oracle in Supreme Court Fight Over Computer Code," 19 Feb. 2020 The Times story outlines how UMG attempted to downplay the situation and keep it quiet as possible, which foreshadows how artists would likely argue that the statute of limitations is inapplicable in the face of fraudulent concealment. Eriq Gardner, Billboard, "A Universal Music Fire Case Could Break New Legal Ground," 19 June 2019 The first is inapplicable to Brown: when a player is formally charged with a crime of violence. Brown has not been charged with a crime and there is no reason to believe that he will be charged. Michael Mccann,, "Should the NFL Place Antonio Brown on the Commissioner’s Exempt List?," 12 Sep. 2019 In other words, Goodell will insist Rule 17 was inapplicable to the situation presented in the NFC Championship. Michael Mccann,, "Roger Goodell Under Oath: No-Call Lawsuit Means Deposition for Commissioner," 30 July 2019 Unfortunately, many lower courts have treated NAACP v. Alabama as a dead letter, inapplicable to other cases. Bradley A. Smith, WSJ, "The Threat to Privacy of Opinion," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of inapplicable

1656, in the meaning defined above

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1 Nov 2020

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“Inapplicable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of inapplicable

formal : not able to be used in a particular situation : not applicable or relevant

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