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

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

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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 In convicting her, the trial court ruled that the press law’s statute of limitations was inapplicable because the article did not qualify as proper journalism. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Turkish Court Hears Appeal of Wall Street Journal Reporter Sentenced to Prison," 26 June 2018 For their part, the leagues, NCAA and Justice Department insisted the anticommandeering principle was inapplicable to New Jersey’s case. Michael Mccann,, "Why New Jersey Won Its Supreme Court Battle to Legalize Sports Betting," 14 May 2018 She's accused of pretending to provide services by filing inapplicable immigration forms with immigration authorities. Alene Tchekmedyian,, "Montebello woman faces 112 counts after scamming immigrants out of $630,000, prosecutors say," 20 Apr. 2018 The company also asked for permission to ignore provisions of the FMVSS that related to a human driver, arguing that these regulations were inapplicable since a Google self-driving car wouldn't have a human driver. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Congress debates allowing tens of thousands of cars with no steering wheel," 16 Mar. 2018 The particulars of when and how the privilege applies to someone like Bannon are thorny, but luckily are largely inapplicable to Mueller’s investigation. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "What Could Bob Mueller Want From Steve Bannon?," 20 Jan. 2018 Without a third party, the third party doctrine is inapplicable. Jill Priluck, Slate Magazine, "How Courts Avoid Ruling on Issues of Privacy," 11 Apr. 2017 The statute itself, the court says, doesn’t provide a civil cause of action, and the Whistleblower Act was inapplicable here. Eugene Volokh, Washington Post, "1961 Florida law banning ‘cast[ing] contempt upon the flags of the Confederacy … for crass or commercial purposes’," 27 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of inapplicable

1656, in the meaning defined above

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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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