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

Other Words from inapplicable

inapplicability \ (ˌ)i-​ˌna-​pli-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce inapplicable (audio) also  ˌi-​nə-​ˌpli-​kə-​ \ noun
inapplicably \ (ˌ)i-​ˈna-​pli-​kə-​blē How to pronounce inapplicable (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 Some courts have found the anticommandeering doctrine inapplicable to election laws, reasoning that Congress’s Elections Clause power authorizes it to regulate federal elections. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Jason Snead, WSJ, 3 June 2021 Currently, only up to 1,000 passengers or 50% of passenger capacity are allowed on board domestic cruises – a limit inapplicable to crew. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 8 July 2021 The court correctly found Rule 52 to be inapplicable. Robert Goulder, Forbes, 18 June 2021 But in Morrissette II the facts suggested that the policies would be surrendered in a relatively short time frame so that the longer time periods typically assumed were inapplicable. Martin Shenkman, Forbes, 6 June 2021 Taxpayers could avoid gross-basis withholding by electing net-basis taxation on qualified profits, defined to render transfer pricing inapplicable. Robert Goulder, Forbes, 3 Mar. 2021 Indeed, whereas a sitting president might raise concerns about distraction from their official duties, that concern is obviously inapplicable here. Grace Segers, CBS News, 9 Feb. 2021 Although lawyers in these cases have cited them, all seem clearly inapplicable. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Lee A. Casey, WSJ, 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, 14 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of inapplicable

1656, in the meaning defined above

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“Inapplicable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inapplicable

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

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