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 Here are some implications: First, the worst-case scenario, in which the FFIEC adopts the proposal too, could render money transmitter licenses inapplicable to crypto intermediaries. Caitlin Long, Forbes, 4 June 2022 Legal Aid argued in its motion that these exceptions to the FOIA were inapplicable and requested that the Division of Workforce Services be ordered to produce this information. Stephen Simpson, Arkansas Online, 10 June 2022 For New Jersey residents, the limitations set forth above are inapplicable where attorneys’ fees, court costs, or other damages are mandated by statute. Outside Online, 3 June 2022 The judge ruled that Montgomery was fit to parent and that the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, which governs the placement of children across state lines, was inapplicable. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 If a taxpayer is under the 199A taxable income threshold amounts and claimed the ERC, all of this is inapplicable. Lynn Mucenski Keck, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 The parents’ strategy is simple: Try to use obscure and often inapplicable legal claims to force a school district to make a policy change. NBC News, 21 Feb. 2022 The provision becomes inapplicable after a three year holding period and there is an exception for family partnerships. Peter J Reilly, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of inapplicable

1656, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jul 2022

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“Inapplicable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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